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Twin Trundle Bed #4: Trundle and 36" Slides

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 301 days ago 1710 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is the cherry trundle bed I am working on.

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The trundle box is built like a giant drawer, with dovetailed corners and a 3/4” plywood base.

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Since the base is 3/4” plywood, the dado cannot be concealed behind the dovetail.

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I filled the dado with some dovetail test cuts. The slides will conceal this area once installed.

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Here the trundle box has been coated with clear shellac, which adds almost no color to the poplar frame.

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Six casters are added to the bottom of the box.

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I chose fixed, low-profile casters to allow enough room for the lower bed.

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These 36” drawer slides will help align the box as it closes.

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Most of the weight is transferred to the casters, but the ball bearing slides make the trundle operate smoothly.
Slides were purchased from TCHweb.com and were quite reasonably priced.

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Then I brushed on a wash coat of shellac as a pre-stain conditioner. I use a 3:2 ratio of denatured alcohol to shellac sealcoat. This is a little thinner than a 1# cut.

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The stain is Rodda #22 Spiced Walnut.

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The stain was sprayed on and wiped off with clean rags. This is one advantage of a liquid stain over gel stain, as spraying a large project progresses quickly.

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The Rodda stain has a good workability, and achieved the color we were going for. The color is a dead ringer for General Finishes Antique Walnut gel stain, but without the pitfalls of gel stains.

Next up is the lacquer topcoat, adding the drawer pull hardware, and some final assembly.
Cheers!
Here is a link to the completed project page… http://lumberjocks.com/projects/91676

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush



5 comments so far

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BigRedKnothead

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#1 posted 301 days ago

Man, this bed’s gonna be sweet Willie.

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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Handtooler

1073 posts in 764 days


#2 posted 301 days ago

You da MAN! My, my That is one beautiful piece of furniture. Many, many thanks for this very interesting and in-depth continuing blog. Everyone, prfessionals included, can learn something from your teachings. You’ve always got a new experience you’ve encountered including the not so grand things to be cautious of. Again Super! Looking forward to it being made up and lower unit pulled out. Did you order specially constructed matteresses for clearance considerations?

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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pintodeluxe

3334 posts in 1445 days


#3 posted 301 days ago

Thanks guys.

Russell,
The bed fits standard size twin mattresses. It allows about 9” height for the lower mattress, so some tall pillow tops might not fit. The interesting thing is the bed isn’t any taller than a typical box spring / mattress setup.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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AandCstyle

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#4 posted 301 days ago

You are one very busy beaver. I am always amazed at how quickly you churn out one great project after another.

-- Art

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pintodeluxe

3334 posts in 1445 days


#5 posted 301 days ago

Well, my son saw my new bed and wanted one of his own. What started as a basic 4 post bed morphed into a panel bed, because he wanted a light in the headboard.
I had been wanting to make something special for each of my sons. So one gets a bed and the other will get a nice desk.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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