The bedrails are up, and functional, meaning that the Bee can sleep in her bed tonight instead of camping out of the living room floor. She is some where between thrilled about the bed rails and disappointed about the loss of camping.
The ladder slot worked out perfectly—I hogged it out with my brace and bit, then cleaned it up with a chisel, and it came out beautifully. I was sort of nervous about this operation, since I’ve never done anything like it before. The slot hugs the plank nicely. I still want to clean it up a little more—probably I’ll file it a bit tomorrow while I take the plank down to paint.
The foot end slots I built also came out very well. They are held to the footer of the bunk bed with 3.5 inch wood screws—there are four screws per slot, two driving from the exterior face into the bed frame and two driving from the interior of the bed frame out into the slot. The planks are anchored with lag bolts.
Still to do—paint the planks orange unless I can talk my daughter out of it, sand up all the rough edges I’ll notice tomorrow even though I thought I had it all sanded today, and cut a piece of filler plank for one of the slots that has a bit of a gap in it.
-- Work hard, play hard, drink good beer.