I Say Never Ever Again...And Then I Do It Again...

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Blog entry by RobH posted 06-21-2007 12:25 AM 1167 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I have started on the paid bookshelf job. This one is unlike jobs before in that I have a deadline that I have to meet. It is really stressing me out because there are still too many unknowns. Every time I get started on a job like this I say I will never do it again. Then, when the time comes, the income I can gain from the little work gets the best of me and I end up doing it again. And, I end up saying I’ll never do it again. I have a friend who told me once that when a hobby becomes a job, it becomes work and not fun. How true that is. I will enjoy very little of the shop time that I have between now and September 1.

On the lighter side, I have finally got a footboard layout for the boys bunk beds. This is one project that I will really enjoy. My 4-year old has been wanting bunk beds for a while now. Every time my wife and I talk about getting a new house, he says he doesn’t want a new house unless it has bunk beds. The design for the footboard is pictured below.

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This is going to be a real joy to build. Especially when it comes to seeing the look in my son’s eyes as he sees it coming together. I know the CPSC does not suggest top bunk sleeping until 6, but we are going to at least try it. The two year old is going out of the crib and onto the bed. I am going to build the bed as a blog series, so hopefully all will enjoy the process.

Since I posted the image, how many of you think I will need to steam the top cap to get it to bend. I am planning on it being 1/2” thick maple with a groove routed up the center to house the top rail as well as to help make it thinner for bending. The groove will be 1/4” deep. The height of the arc is 2”. I think I can remember Norm doing something like this at some point in time. I will just have to experiment to see. This may be a good reason to set up a steam box. That is something that would come in handy with my chairs this fall.

Well, more later. I have to get off the computer. More laborious work on the bookshelves this weekend.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#1 posted 06-21-2007 12:32 AM

If you can’t get the maple to bend the 2” (which doesn’t seem too far) you may want to think of bent laminations, maybe even just a 1/4” board and a 1/4” board on each side of the grove you want bend them in a form and glue the 2 layers together.

-- David,

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#2 posted 06-21-2007 01:55 AM

the pressures of a paid job. My mom feels the same way re: quilts—she’ll make them but she won’t make them on request. Too much pressure.

The bunks re: 6 yr old on top. Are you adding a side railing to keep them from falling out? My son fell out once and be the time I ran in to check on him he was already climbing back up and .. he never woke up. (sleep climbing)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 06-21-2007 02:29 AM

That shouldnt be any problem at all to bend. Know what you mean about deadlines and commitments. But hey…if it was too easy..anybody could do it. Just remember that peopel will forget a year from now if you were a couple weeks late. They wont forget poor workmanship though.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#4 posted 06-21-2007 02:50 AM

I was in a bunk bed at 3 and only fell on my head a couple times…no long term effects other than…..what was I talking about…oh yeah….we are getting two new kittens.

I agree with Miles….although I would probably forget both….:)

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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#5 posted 06-21-2007 03:13 AM

Do your best, the only one you have to please is the man in the mirror. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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