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Blog entry by Eagle1 posted 01-02-2013 09:05 AM 1767 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I know that I told you about my knee a while back. i have to have surgery on it tomorrow. I’m praying it is’nt a bad one. I do have something to announce I’m going to have my first GRANDCHILD. My daughter was wanting to have one of those convertable bed’s that can change with the childs size. They dont have a lot of money or space in the baby room. I need your help in finding plan for 1 that will last the one she found was $300.00 at walmart, I don’t want her to have something like that one, it wouln’t last a year if that. I want one that she could pass down if she wants to. Cribs aren’t the problem with plan’s. it’s this convetable bed. The baby is due in June, I just found about the baby 2 weeks ago. Damn kids they always wait to tell you sometimes, well mine do anyway. The other plan is my knee and that money thing. wife has been laid off 3 year’s now. There’s 5 people living off of my retirment $ social security. I’m looking for not to $ but also something that will last. She might have to settle for a crib, I have the wood for that they don’t take a large amount of big peices of wood. I have alot of oak I can use for that. I know I can join them together but there not long enough for that. ( Was gone use the wood I was f going to use for the flooring that I was using for the new hardwood floors.

Any hel with plans would help: Thanks alot Tim:

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#1 posted 01-02-2013 01:28 PM

1st, congrats, Gramps. 2ndly, here is a plan from issue #173 November of 2006:

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#2 posted 01-02-2013 06:35 PM


I’ve built the bed Roger linked to ( and were I to build it again (as my wife has urged for our youngest) I would seriously consider some changes to the plans.

First, the way the ends (“ends” when it’s the crib/toddler bed) are constructed and mounted isn’t very durable. The panels are plywood joined to the bottom apron (also plywood) by a small milled piece of hardwood (in my case maple) with dado’s at top and bottom. Perhaps I didn’t use enough glue or the dado was slightly too wide, but because these ends are “pinned” at top and bottom with a single bolt, my second child to use it (a rather ‘energetic’ boy) kicked at it until the panel and dado parted ways…with the top and bottom bolts acting as pivot points. He was hard on it to be sure, but still I consider this a flaw in the design and would consider much stronger joinery and probably add a second connector at top or bottom to prevent this pivot.

Second, the cross-dowel connections are a real pain to drill perfectly and subsequently align during assembly. I used up my entire vocabulary of epithets when putting this together initially, and then again when re-configuring as a toddler bed. The expensive mahogany plywood didn’t like the strain of the cross dowels much either – I could feel/hear the plys being driven apart as the nut tried to spin against the tightening bolt.

I still may build another one of these – however I would certainly make some significant adjustments to the construction.

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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