|Project by dpritts||posted 06-22-2015 10:52 AM||1038 views||8 times favorited||7 comments|
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.