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

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Blog entry by RobH posted 03-11-2008 04:51 AM 1115 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 03-11-2008 11:54 AM

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

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#2 posted 03-11-2008 02:25 PM

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.

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#3 posted 03-11-2008 03:23 PM


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

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#4 posted 03-11-2008 05:03 PM

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

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#5 posted 03-11-2008 11:02 PM

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.

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#6 posted 03-12-2008 02:41 AM


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

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#7 posted 03-13-2008 06:36 AM

Looks like fun :o)

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