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Kid Room Furniture: White Shelf and Bed

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Project by grimejr posted 04-05-2009 03:12 PM 3601 views 29 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made from Poplar and beadboard. Finished with white paint.

I made the bed and shelf frames from poplar using mortise and tennon joints. The inset panels are made from bead board (beads are visible on both sides). Lower portion of shelf (both sides) hinge out on piano hinges and function as toy bins.

I built this furniture for my 2 1/2 year old daughter’s “big girl room”. We did the final assembly together so she claims the furniture as “hers”. She is constantly in and out of the lower toy bins…glad I put them in.

Hinge Details:
I generally try to hide any mechanical fasteners in my woodworking and these shelves are no exception. To keep the hinges hidden, I put a 45 deg relief on the lowest shelf (bottom of toy bin) and mounted the hinge to the 45 deg relief and to the back of the toy bin door. When the toy bin door is closed, the piano hinge is open 45 deg, and when the door is open the piano hinge is closed. The shelf directly above the door stops it from opening any farther than shown in the picture. I put felt pads on the under side of the upper shelf at the contact point to prevent it from sticking. The rear wall stops the door from closing beyond vertical. Hope the crude picture above helps…..





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 04-05-2009 04:02 PM

Great looking setup!

That bed raill brings back memories of when my twenty-somethings were toddlers. We had one just like that.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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dhg

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#2 posted 04-05-2009 04:37 PM

Very nice, they both look great.

-- Talent on Loan from God - Rush Limbaugh ----------www.genesiswoodworks.com----------

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jockmike2

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#3 posted 04-05-2009 04:43 PM

Very neat. Love the color. Has to be for a little girl right?

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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ND2ELK

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#4 posted 04-05-2009 07:20 PM

Great looking shelving unit and bed! You do some very nice work. Grandma would like to have a shelving unit similar to this for the grandkids. Thanks for the inspiration. My wife was wondering where you got the baskets from? Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Matt Long

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#5 posted 04-05-2009 07:27 PM

Great work. I have a 2 year old daughter that we are transitioning from a crib to a bed soon. This setup gives me some great ideas. Keep up the good work.

-- Matt

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grimejr

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#6 posted 04-05-2009 09:00 PM

All…thanks for the positive comments.

I built this furniture for my 2 1/2 year old daughter’s “big girl room”. We did the final assembly together so she claims the furniture as “hers”. She is constantly in and out of the lower toy bins…glad I put them in.

The baskets and bean bag came from Land of Nod
http://www.landofnod.com/

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shophobby

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#7 posted 04-06-2009 02:58 PM

i was wondering how you stopped the bins do they just bump the bottom of thelower shelve or do they have some kinda stop if possible can i get a a closer pic or good description i currently have five bookcases in the works for my kids play room and these bins would work great at the bottom for my boys

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McLeanVA

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#8 posted 04-07-2009 03:37 PM

What a great job on both the shelves and the bed. Looks like you and I have similar clients, with similar tastes. Great functionality on the lower shelf bins. I’d love to know more about the hinge technique you used.

Excellent craftsmanship my friend. You’ve raised the 2.5 year old bar a great deal. I’m just glad my daughter isn’t a LumberJock. I’m sure I’d hear an ear-full.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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grimejr

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#9 posted 04-08-2009 02:44 AM

shophobby / McLeanVA….glad to give you the details:

I generally try to hide any mechanical fasteners in my woodworking and these shelves are no exception. To keep the hinges hidden, I put a 45 deg relief on the lowest shelf (bottom of toy bin) and mounted the hinge to the 45 deg relief and to the back of the toy bin door. When the toy bin door is closed, the piano hinge is open 45 deg, and when the door is open the piano hinge is closed. The shelf directly above the door stops it from opening any farther than shown in the picture. I put felt pads on the under side of the upper shelf at the contact point to prevent it from sticking. The rear wall stops the door from closing beyond vertical. I have added a crude cross section of the toy bin door/hinge to help explain.

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shophobby

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#10 posted 04-10-2009 01:30 PM

thank you for the additional info i will be using this idea on the bookcases i am working on for my boys great job on yours

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Dtharp

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#11 posted 04-07-2010 11:05 PM

....must not let wife see this…...

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