LumberJocks

Bunk Beds for the Boys #7: Finally, A Productive Week(end)...

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by RobH posted 2333 days ago 709 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: And I thought last weekend was unproductive... Part 7 of Bunk Beds for the Boys series Part 8: Another productive week...Beginning to look like beds... »

Well, finally I can say that the bunk beds have progressed greatly over the past week. I was able to get my tail into gear when I got home from work and get some stuff done in the shop. I can finally report that the headboard and footboards are glued together. Here is a picture with one of the clients…

I think one of the best parts of this stage of the project was that it allowed the kids to help me a little. The llittle one did not get into it that much, but our older one got a real kick out of me holding the clamp in place and him getting to tighten it up. There will be more of that to come. After things were glued up, I decided to pin the tenons on the end rails. I figure if the glue ever decided to give way the pin should hold it until I can make it safe again. I will pin the bottom tenons eventually, but there is more work to do down there (more on that in a minute). The following pictures are the boys getting to drill the holes for the pins and driving the pins into place.

That was a real experience for me and the boys.

You might notice that we decided not to curve the top of the top rail. In an effort to get things moving, and get this project done, we decided to change where the curve was. All in all, a really good decision.

Originally I had designed for a mortise in the post to hold the side rails (the long ones). There would be a bolt through the post into the end of the side rail. Somehow I was going to put a bolt into the side rail to pull everything together. Well, today, in an effort to make things faster and more simple, I decided to go with metal hangars for the side rails. They have been ordered and are on the way. Now, I need to plug the mortise in the post and the hole in the front side of the post that I drilled to countersink the bolt head. That will be most of the work for the rest of this week.

I have a little shuffling to do on what I am going to work on this week versus next week, but I am ready to get into it tomorrow night when I get home.

Well, I will update more next week. If all goes well, these beds are going to look a lot different at the end of next weekend.

Everyone have a great week.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA



7 comments so far

View Scott Bryan's profile

Scott Bryan

27251 posts in 2426 days


#1 posted 2333 days ago

Hi Rob,

Thanks for the update. This is beginning to come together well. And I love the pics with the boys helping. Especially the last two, they both look like they are really concentrating on “their work”. You have a wonderful opportunity here to get them involved with a project over which they can assume some ownership and simply spend some time together.

I can see that all three of you are enjoying this.

Nice post.

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

View Zac's profile

Zac

4 posts in 2337 days


#2 posted 2332 days ago

Great to see the kids helping out, I do a few projects with my son, he just mostly whacks the hammer around, but I enjoy every moment. Nice bunk beds, good decision to go with the hangers.

View northwoodsman's profile

northwoodsman

227 posts in 2350 days


#3 posted 2332 days ago

Rob,

Nice looking beds! I built a queen size version about 7 or 8 years ago. Did you find the plans in Woodsmith No. 108? A couple issues later they had the plans for a matching night stand. I used hard maple becuase of the cost (at the time it was the same as poplar) and the durability. When I planed it down, the grain was identical to cherry. I have to say that this bed is the most durable piece of furniture in the entire house.

-- NorthWoodsMan

View Patrick Jaromin's profile

Patrick Jaromin

348 posts in 2436 days


#4 posted 2332 days ago

Rob – great helpers you got there! Mine are a bit smaller (daughter 2, son 1) but I am looking forward to assisting them with their own projects like this one some day! I’m looking forward to seeing it all come together. Cheers!

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL http://www.TenonAndSpline.com/blog

View teenagewoodworker's profile

teenagewoodworker

2727 posts in 2372 days


#5 posted 2332 days ago

thanks for the update its looking great so far. I hope you’re paying your helpers for all their hard work! can’t wait to see the completed project.

View RobH's profile

RobH

465 posts in 2653 days


#6 posted 2332 days ago

NorthWoodsMan,

This is not the particular bed from Woodsmith, although it is strongly modeled after it. If you look back at the first post in this series, you will see that I had originally intended the top of the top rail to have the curve. Moving the curve to the bottom of the top rail made it look like the Woodsmith bed. I am building two of these and they are going to be bunk beds.

I also built a queen version out of cherry and I love it. Maybe I will get around to taking a few more pictures one day and i can post it as a project.

Thanks for the kind comments everyone. More next week.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

View sandhill's profile

sandhill

2104 posts in 2528 days


#7 posted 2331 days ago

Looks like fun :o)

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase