Day Bed #1: Grandaughter's Bed

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Blog entry by Kent Shepherd posted 01-09-2010 07:07 PM 2008 reads 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Last week I posted this project. At that time I promised a blog—Here it is
I’m never quite sure how far to take something like this. There are so many skill levels here on LJs. Your input is always welcome. If I leave out a step that’s important to you, tell me. Some of what I show might be very elementary for you. If so, just ignore it. I’m used to it. My family does that all the time. Hopefully, I’ll share something that may be worthwhile.

The more you know of me, you’ll see that I typically don’t use plans. If the project appeals to you, let me know. I can get measurements for you. Unless you are actually going to build this bed, it’s probably not relevant anyway. Maybe some of my techniques are. My kids brought me a picture of a bed they liked. It was designed and built by looking at that picture and figuring everything out as I went. I realize most of you consider that to be a dumb way to build anything. You are probably right, but I’ve always built things this way, and I’m too old to change now. I started with the mattress size. Every other measuement came from that, which brings up a point. Don’t most projects start that way. If you do a built-in bookcase for instance, don’t you start with the size it must occupy. Kitchen cabinets must fit the space allotted, as well as allowing for appliances. Design may not be as intimidating as some think. Start with what you do know, and other details tend to fall into place. That said, you must constantly be thinking ahead or you could run into serious trouble.
I guess in reality, I do have a plan, I just don’t put in on paper. I have a vision in my head—-Yeah, it goes with the voices that are there. I have seen numerous architectural drawings that would not work in the actual build, but they sure looked good on paper. I’ve built several houses that the cabinets had to be redesigned from the plan. OK, maybe it’s time to replace the guy drawing all the wothless plans. I say all this simply to give some background of where I’m coming from, not to say everyone should build this way. Most will do a detailed drawing (or SketchUp) before starting. This makes sense, but obviously I didn’t do that and this is my blog—LOL

OK—The stuff you really want to see! Of course, I started cutting and glueing up pieces. I needed a consiserable amount of thicker lumber. Since I had a lot of soft maple and poplar left over from various jobs in my door shop, it made more sense to laminate it rather than go out and buy 6/4” lumber. I began to glue-up different size pieces that I would need.

I found this cool glue spreader through my door shop. I don’t recall who makes it, but it sure speeds up a big glue project.

This clamp rack, made by Taylor, was used in my door shop before we upgraded to a clamp carrier. It’s so handy, I chose to keep it at home rather than sell it.

I tried to glue up all the pieces I would need first, before I began to layout and mill them into the parts I needed. I did the framework first, as it all needed to be thicker pieces. The slats couild wait until I had a better idea what I would need. There was no glue-up to them.
What is it we all say—-You can’t have too many clamps!

Thats it for now. Next time I’ll begin to show how the pieces are layed out and start to come together.


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#1 posted 01-09-2010 07:41 PM

That is one bunch of clamping!

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#2 posted 01-09-2010 07:41 PM

Kent thanks for posting this I look forward to seeing more .

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#3 posted 01-09-2010 07:46 PM

Wow, that’s what I call clamps! I’m sure this is going to be a great blog Kent. You don’t need excuses about not drawing up a plan. Like you said, the plan is in your head and I guess you make small changes as needed underway. Having worked in the oil industry for quite some time I can tell you that even the most detailed and costly engineering plans get changed a lot underway on every project. Besides, we often come up with unique and interesting ideas that give our projects better appearance, better quality or sometimes better work methods. Though I’m not a good designer I still like the freedom of designing underway just in case inspiration comes knocking at my door.

I mentioned in earlier comments that I could use something like this project as an entry way bench. The place it would sits also needs a good capacity wood box too. I’m hoping your blog might encourage me to think out how these two functions might be combined into one piece. My main hesitation is that a white painted wood box might not be such a great idea with all the logs going in an out of it. Maybe it’s just a design problem, but I will be sketching solutions in my head.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 01-09-2010 08:10 PM

Kent, Not having seen your original project post, I just had to go back and look. Great looking bed for the little princess. I look forward to seeing your blog continue.


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#5 posted 01-09-2010 09:11 PM

Greetings Kent:

Hey…. stellar job on the bed for the grandbaby…. It turned out beautiful. She’ll sleep good knowing “grandpa” made it for her…. lol. My grandkids really like it,too, when I build them a piece of sometning. Looks like you went down to the store and “robbed” all the clamps out of it…... better put them back, or you won’t have any to sell….......... Stellar job… what’s your next move? Keep on keeping on…..!

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#6 posted 01-10-2010 11:18 PM

Keep it coming Kent.

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#7 posted 01-13-2010 09:19 PM

This is going to be a fund project, Kent.

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