Bed for my toddler - from construction lumber

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Project by RustyHacksaw posted 04-30-2015 06:21 PM 33175 views 5 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first project that I feel is worthy of being seen, we are very happy with how it turned out.

We needed a bed for my 2 year old that will eventually turn into a bunk bed. This is built as a twin, and will eventually stack on top of a full that is yet to be built for my older son.

We used a plan from anawhite to give us the ideas. We modified it to fit out needs, and to be more stable.

Everything is 2×4’s or 2×6’s. I resawed the 2×6 and 2×4 on my table saw to give me the 1” material when necessary, and cleaned everything up on the jointer/planer.

The headboard/footboard are built with a 1×6 laminated with the slats and spacers to give the illusion of mortise and tennon. To attach the headboard to the posts, I left a 1” tenon sticking out, and cut a mortise in the leg, along with pocket screws. The legs are laminated 2×4, planed down to 2.5” square.

Finish is some red mahogony varathane stain and 3 coats of varathane poly on top. The stretchers are 2×6, with a 2×2 inner rectangle to hold the slats. The slats are ripped 2×4 with a half lap.

We are happy with the result, my 2 year old loves it.


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#1 posted 04-30-2015 08:14 PM

Very nice. It certainly doesn’t look like construction lumber at first glance.

I’ve built a couple of kids’ beds. On one, I used lag bolts through wooden brackets to make a disassemblable frame. On the other, I used fancy bed bolts, but they were more trouble than they were worth (and they also allowed the rails to rotate around the long axis when the bed got jumped on, until I put in a stop). Your mortises with pocket screws looks like a good idea.

Looks good.

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#2 posted 05-05-2015 02:47 PM

Looks great! I built the same bed for my soon to be 2 year old using the annwhite plan as a guide.

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#3 posted 06-03-2015 05:17 PM

Very nice job simple yet stylish. I like the color you used on it, it’s amazing how that type of wood can have such nice looking grain with the right stain.

-- Rick...You can never have too many tools or wood to use them on!...Reno, Nv.

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