Bunk Beds for the Boys #3: Finally Started ....... The Wood Is Purchased ...

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Blog entry by RobH posted 02-11-2008 05:49 AM 972 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I finally went and got the wood to build the bunk beds. It was an eventful day, but enjoyable. It is always hard getting started on a project like this. I always have trouble looking at the large pile of wood and not imagining all of the work that will go into it. Once I start working on it, I get over that feeling, but starting out is sometimes a little hard.

My five year old is really excited about the beds. He has been asking forever when we are going to build them. I really wanted to take him with me to the wood store, but I would have never gotten out of there with him with me. That on top of the fact that I needed to take his car seat out of the van to get the wood in. Usually the truck is the wood hauler, but the truck is in the body shop after a minor incident in which I got WAY too close to the bumper of another vehicle (everybody was ok, and the other vehicle had no damage). Since I had to take the van, his seat had to come out, so he could not go anway. Well, here are a few picture of him helping me get the wood out and into the shop.

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A Great Helper
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All in all, the wood run was a great trip, and unloading the van was a great experience. My son loved being part of the festivties.

This afternoon I was out in the shop and rough cut the posts, the end rails, and a few other pieces. I am ready to get started jointing and planing this next weekend. Hopefully, since it is a three day weekend, I will be into the end rails by then.

Everyone have a great week. Don’t forget your significant otheron the 14th.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#1 posted 02-11-2008 05:54 AM

Looks like a happy and willing helper.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#2 posted 02-11-2008 06:10 AM

That is living!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 02-11-2008 06:42 AM

I feel your joy. My 12 year old son is dying to cut up some curly cherry I have to make his first box. I finnaly talked him into making a prototype first, but he wasn’t happy. I absolutely LOVE my time in the shop with my kids, daughter (6) thinks its too noisy and dirty but she loves to shoot, LOL.

-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#4 posted 02-11-2008 07:28 AM

Good luck on your project. Good looking little helper you got htere.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 02-11-2008 01:26 PM

Thanks for the post. I really enjoyed it. It is wonderful to see you involving your son in “his” project. I am sure that he will enjoy helping with the woodworking as well. I like the safety emphasis as well.

He does has a workbench and tools as well I hope.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 02-11-2008 03:01 PM


He has some tools that he has gotten for Christmas and birthdays, but nothing sharp yet. As for the workbench, I do not even have a good bench yet. I am thinking of making him something when I make mine. Something a little smaller that I can easily add height to as he grows.

Thanks for the comments all. I am planning on posting weekly updates on this, or an update whenever I reach a major milestone.

It’s going to be great fun.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#7 posted 02-11-2008 03:16 PM

Great set of pictures, enjoy the process and make it fun for both of you, in what seems like a few years he will be asking you for the car keys and than going of to colege.

-- Hope Never fails

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