One week (and many hyper toddler body-slam attacks) later, the bed rail is still standing strong. It is rather surprising given that the entire project is MDF, held together with glue and nails. I’m also happy to report that despite a few attempts to sleep on the floor, my daughter has stayed safely in her bed throughout the night for over a week.
Unfortunately, my hopes of properly finishing the project over the Memorial Day weekend has been thwarted, as a toddler’s bedtime kinda interferes with reclaiming the project for final sanding and proper finishing. I should have guessed that if a project gets put into use, any hopes of quickly getting back is like a pipe dream. Anyway, maybe I should chalk this iteration up as a cheap MDF prototype, and make a replacement with solid wood.