Hello again folks, this blog aint done yet, I still have to finish the railings and ladders and make this thing a bunk bed.
I started a new job recently so I’ve been very busy, as a result, shop time has been limited and my picture taking has been lax. But I’ve got enough below to give you an idea of the process.
Nothing too ground breaking here and no galoot points when it comes to mortising.
Jointing one face and one edge so I can feed them through the thickness planer
After some machine ripping and hand planing I have the parts I need for my railing.
And then my first venture into doweling. It went ok, if I had to do it again I would have done M&T but with the router trick for making the mortises, you know the one where you rout a grove and then make a notched piece to glue in to form the mortises. Also I would have made the slats thinner than the horizontals, that way you save a step having to flush things up. That was a pain to do on this wood with hand planes. Next time…
These were a pain to make, my wife wanted me to make 4 of them! Luckily I was able to talk her down to 3. Lol
After the railings were finished I glued on some leather to protect the railings from bruising.
Next for the ladder.
Cutting dados was a lot of fun to do by hand.
Before I finish the ladder I stacked the beds, that way I know my support blocks are aligned perfectly with the rails.
So I lay out for my alignment pins and drill them by hand.
1/2” steel rods went into the holes.
Next we stack them up and put the slats back on. The boys help out with this.
Screwing on the railings.
Happy customers so far!
Next I locate and glue on the support blocks.
Dye & Poly
Aluminum for the hooks, there is some leather glued in there as well which you can’t see.
And voila! We are DONE!
Here are a few more pictures taken with the good camera.
So that’s it for this project, thanks for watching folks, hope this inspired a few more bunk bed builds here on LJ.
-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch