|Project by JoshLawson||posted 04-21-2015 03:25 AM||1459 views||6 times favorited||6 comments|
Here’s a set of twin bunk beds that I made for my kids. It’s made primarily from hard maple, with walnut accents. As with most big projects I do, I like to do a 3d model in sketch-up prior to making it. You can see I stayed pretty true to my original model.
It’s made so the headboard and foot board can be separated from the bed rails—I’d seen a lot of different ways to bolt them together, but decided to use custom made nuts, 1” x 1” with a tapped hole in the center, that were mortised near the end of each bed rail (the festool domino joiner cut perfect slots for them). Then I used 6” stainless steel bolts through the headboard and footboards to pull it all together. The whole thing is rock solid as a result, with no creaking or the slightest shifting.
I also made some custom brackets for the ladder hook since I couldn’t find anything that would reach around 8/4 stock online. I cut the metal strips, drilled the wholes and had a friend put the bends in.
The side rails that keep the kids from rolling off the bed in the middle of the night are bolted to the bed rails with brass threaded inserts, so they are removable when they get older. The mattress support slats are all solid maple as well.
Thanks for looking!
-- Josh Lawson - Ankeny, Iowa