One of the best things about being a woodworker is making the furniture for your own house. You get to decide just exactly what you want and you know how it is made and you know just what corners were cut while making a piece. Hopefully not a lot, but sometimes it is necessary.
I set out to make a bed for my 2 year old daughter and as I was choosing materials and thinking about the design, I wanted to make a simple but robust design. Something that looks good because it is simple is a quality I admire in other people’s work, so that is what I was going for. I also like solid furniture.
So after thinking about it I decided to go with purpleheart. It was a little expensive but really not much more than walnut would have been. I thought the purpleheart would be appropriate color for a girls bed and as the bed ages, I think the patina will change along with my girl growing up. That way when she is older it probably won’t look that bright purple it has on now. I used cherry for the head rest to cut back on cost as one really doesn’t see these pieces when the bed is made and maple slats. The rails also have cherry for support.
Here are some of the photos. Here is the bed frame assembled and sanded to 180.
So far I completed the assembly and final sanding. I used m&t and some rail hardware I found on rockler. The set was 20 bucks but I thought it was the best because it screws on the side of the rail rather than on end grain. I still need to finish it but since my daughter is already using it, I will take my time to decide what finish to use. So far I assembled it and let it rest for a couple of weeks for the dark purple tone to come back and I put on one coat of tung oil. I plan on putting on another coat in a couple months and then one or 2 coats of poly.
Here are some shots with a coat of tung oil.
I would like to know what do you think about the finishing approach. The bed is really solid and sits well in her room. I will post the end result as a project.
My daughter is really liking it and a funny thing is that once I put her in it she won’t climb out in the mornings unless I go get her. I think she just hasn’t bothered to figure it out after 2 years of the morning routine with the crib from which she couldn’t climb out of.