|Project by McLeanVA||posted 01-06-2009 07:44 PM||2256 views||3 times favorited||6 comments|
This is a work in progress, as I need some suggestions on a headboard and side rails. I created a box frame using 3/4” oak ply with 2×4 supports. I used twin 2×4s as the legs and wrapped them in 3/4” pine. I routed some 1.5” pine with a cove bit for trim. I originally intended to stain the bed when complete, but now after reading so many iffy posts on staining pine, I think I’ll paint it instead.
Where I need the most help is figuring out a headboard and side rails, so that my 2 year old daughter doesn’t flop out in the wee hours of the night. Should I build an independent headboard and secure it with vertical supports “behind” the bed? Should I build a headboard that incorporates the side rails in the shape of a “U” and secure them from the inside with steel supports? Using 2×4s is most likely an overkill, but I’m a bit new to furniture building. I have seen some really nice examples on LJ of using tenons, but I’ll need some practice before feeling comfortable enough with tenon work.
Any and all suggestions appreciated. This has been a ton of fun and I’m excited to learn from the pros out there. My daughter came out into the garage this past Saturday and said, “Daddy, my bed looks beautiful. You did a good job.” So now I feel even more motivated to make sure I get this darn thing right.
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