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Gigantic bed for my little girl

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Project by TheGreatJon posted 05-06-2015 02:14 AM 1047 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have our third kid on the way, due in July. Our oldest is turning three this week. Yes, we are a bit insane, but our house is a lot of fun.

Anyway, #3 is going to need the crib, so #2 is moving into the toddler bed, so #1 needs a new bed. My wife gave me a picture and told me to build it. I looked at the picture online and found that it actually had plans with it. Bonus.

I just had to alter them to use actual joinery rather than screws. Since my wife wanted it painted, I made the whole thing out of construction grade lumber and MDF with plywood for the platform. I routed lines in the MDF to give the headboard and footboard a panelled look.

It wasn’t until I started making cuts that I realized the plans called for the frame to be built out of 2×10s and 2×6s. If we ever have an earthquake we will be taking shelter under this beast. Just about killed myself and a buddy trying to get it upstairs.

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kipibenkipod

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#1 posted 05-06-2015 10:09 AM

Beautiful. Thanks for making me laugh, when I saw your picture lying on the bed. Just then I understood how big it is.
Enjoy your growing family.

Kfir

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TheGreatJon

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#2 posted 05-06-2015 12:23 PM

Haha. I had already purchased all of the lumber when I finally took a good look at the plans. I was scratching my head and wondering if the frame was supposed to become a load bearing portion of my home. Now that it is there, it may never leave that bedroom.

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RustyHacksaw

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#3 posted 05-06-2015 04:32 PM

Great job. I just finished a bed as well.

What kind of joinery did you use? I’m sure this project made your wife happy. Good stuff.

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#4 posted 05-06-2015 04:34 PM

That is a real nice bed. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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TheGreatJon

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#5 posted 05-06-2015 05:37 PM

For joinery, I cut dados into the posts for the MDF panels to slide into. The stretchers in the frame also slid into dados in the rails. The rails are joined to the footboard with mortise and tenon (that was a first for me. they were a bit ugly, but I used a ton of glue and they seem rock solid). I notched the headboard posts so that the entire 2×10 rails would slide into the notch, where I then bolted them in place with carriage bolts.

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#6 posted 05-08-2015 07:16 PM

I could have lived my entire life without seeing your exposed stomach.
Bed looks nice.
Well done.

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#7 posted 05-09-2015 01:58 AM



I could have lived my entire life without seeing your exposed stomach.

“Could.” That ship has sailed my friend. :)

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