Hello again all, I’m almost done with the bunk beds, At this point they are two twin beds.
Here is the stain I used which worked out pretty well.
I used Dark Walnut Transtint dye mixed with DNA.
I used DNA instead of water so I wouldn’t have to raise the grain first. However water may have worked better because it doesn’t dry as fast giving the stain more time to soak in. No real issues though I think it worked out.
The varnish used was MinWax satin poly in the round can thinned out with MS.
Not many pics of this process, hard to take pic with gloved hands with finish on them. The best I could do is having the wife come in and take a pic.
I rubbed out the first coat of varnish with steel wool.
I got the hang of brushing on the poly with a sponge brush (you can still get quality US made ones at ACE hardware) so I made the second coat thicker and left it at that. I just rubbed it down again with steel wool and applied some dark wax.
I’m quite happy with the results! And more importantly, the boss likes them to.
Next I had to prepare the slats that support the mattress.
The 10’ 1×4’s I used were a little long for the chop saw so I cut most by hand. I know, I need a better cross cut saw, I have one waiting to be restored.
Then I knocked off the corners of the slatts.
Here is a tip I picked up from Jeff Miller’s book on Beds. The boards are notched and held in place with a dowel. This allows them to move and act as springs. I drilled out the hole on the drill press and then cut out the notch on the band saw. At first I was doing it all on the Drill Press which is why these look a little rough.
This pic was taken before fully cutting the notch on the BS.
And Voila! Two fully functional twin beds!
This pic shows some of the character of the wood which is hard to see with my crapy cell phone camera.
And the best part, subtle traces left by the hand planes which I love.
And here they are with some bedding on them.
Next I’ll build the guard rails and the ladder so I can stack these beds.
Thanks for looking. Questions and comments are welcome.
-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch