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X-Men Bunk Bed #6: Building the Stairs and Installation

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Blog entry by Patrick Jaromin posted 768 days ago 7838 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Building the stairs

With the main bunk bed complete, it was time to turn my attention to the stairs. For safety reasons, mom insisted the bunk bed have stairs instead of a ladder. The original design featured drawers on the end and paneled sides. Upon further reflection (and measuring) it was clear that this placement wouldn’t work – there simply wouldn’t be enough room to access them. Many commercial beds feature drawers under each step, so I figured this could work here. The final design was based heavily around what materials I had on hand. The stringers and back would be stained cherry ply. I’d always intended to treat the treads with the same faux concrete finish as the “X”es. I decided to use concrete-finished OSB for the side basically because I was out of cherry plywood and the left-over OSB has been taking up space in my shop since it’s construction. One more sheet gone!




Building the stairs

 




Assembled with drawers; treads ready for shaping

 

Drawer pulls

I really wanted to make custom X-Men logo drawer pulls. After much searching and a discussion with my very talented and craft-y sister-in-law, I made a run out to Hobby Lobby and picked up a box of Sculpey III polymer clay. This stuff is very cool. You can sculpt or mold it like Play-Dough, then bake it for 15 minutes and it hardens nicely. Armed with some metal commercial pulls, I formed the “X”s, applied them to the tops, and baked ‘em. A quick coat of paint and some clear acrylic top coat, and they were ready to go.




The Sculpey III X-Men logo added to the pulls




Baking the polymer clay drawer pulls




The finished pulls

 

Faux Concrete

This is the fun part! I repeated the same steps as with the earlier pieces. Dry-brushing on the paint and stain is a blast. For the stairs, I let some stain run down the side and pool on a step. The results are very cool and it’s difficult to screw this part up. I thought it might be fun to carve Wolverine’s claw marks into the side…I think he may have slipped while climbing the steps or something.




Wolverine was here!




Stairs complete!

 

Awesome!

I installed the bunk bed and let them at it. Happily the results did not disappoint. The most heard comment was “awesome!”




Attaching the back "X"




Finishing the assembly




Ready for unveiling




"Awesome!"

 

Next up…

Next up, a backyard Tree-house Playhouse, and then “A Midsummer Night’s Bunk Bed” featuring butterfly fairies and tree-trunk posts for the girls.

[Originally posted at http://tenonandspline.com/blog/archives/778]

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL http://www.TenonAndSpline.com/blog



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Roger

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#1 posted 768 days ago

Oh I know there are some happy lil ones.. Very kool

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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blackcherry

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#2 posted 767 days ago

Great work Pat …happy father’s day…Wilson

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 767 days ago

Very Cool!

Lee

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David Craig

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#4 posted 767 days ago

Awesome build Pat. Somebody better wakeup Sunday with breakfast in bed and a couple nice cards :)

-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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Patrick Jaromin

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#5 posted 767 days ago

Thanks, all! The kids are having a blast on their new bed, which really is the best Father’s Day gift I could wish for. Happy Father’s day to you too, Wilson, and all dad’s.

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL http://www.TenonAndSpline.com/blog

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oldnovice

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#6 posted 766 days ago

My grandson is an X men fanatic … almost all superheros for that matter. I will show him these pictures when he visits today on fathers day and I am sure he will want a bed like this.

Good job, a lot of attention to detail only a X men fan would appreciate!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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