Fire Engine Bed

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Project by dpritts posted 06-22-2015 10:52 AM 983 views 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Spent fathers day finishing up this bed for my 4 year old. Took a whole lot longer than I thought it would, but I think it was worth it. My original drawing would have been pretty simple, and then the woodworker part of me took over. (Shouldn’t the engine compartment have storage…of course, maybe also a drawer, the ladder shouldn’t be painted on, I should build one, it should probably have real wheels, the wheels should probably spin…...and on and on…)
Anyway you get the idea. Its really just two pieces. A rather large and heavy headboard with 2 doors, and a drawer on ball bearing slides to hide his toys in. The other piece is a sideboard that has a step (that is actually there to make the thing sturdy. Getting close to done, he demanded to have a number 5 on it. I work on Engine 4, but worked on Engine 5 when he was 2, and I guess he remembers fonder times. So, I cut a piece of plywood, and spray painted agold 5 on it, and attached it with brass screws and brass finish washers. This project is not fine wood working, but had its own challenges. Its made of maple ply, ash, and poplar. The finish is 3 coats of oil based fire engine red paint on the body, shellac inside the cabinet, and poly on the step and ladder. Hope it gives someone an idea of a project for your kid.

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Jim Jakosh

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#1 posted 06-22-2015 12:02 PM

That is such a cool bed. I see you have a very happy 4 yr old.. Very good design and build!!

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 06-22-2015 12:49 PM

You did this just right and I know that he must have been thrilled with it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#3 posted 06-22-2015 02:52 PM

That’s great. Looks like one happy customer.

-- Julian

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#4 posted 06-22-2015 06:23 PM

This is just way too cute and nicely crafted too. I’m sure the bed’s user is over joyed with their new sleeping accommodations. You are a great dad.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#5 posted 06-23-2015 01:03 AM

Nicely done brother. My son would love that too, but he shares a room with his brother. Maybe when they have separate rooms I’ll build a Firetruck bed. Just hope he’s still interested by then.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#6 posted 06-23-2015 04:20 AM

One more brilliant theme for bed. This kid’s smile is priceless reward.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 06-26-2015 07:04 PM

Great kids bed! My grandson would lose his mind over this. Definitely going on my short list of things to build. Well done.

-- Justin, Acworth, GA

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