Doll Bunk Bed

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Project by greg48 posted 07-23-2015 07:30 PM 1151 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was approached a little while back by my grand daughter with an image on her i-Pad of an American Girl bunk bed and told that it was only $49.95 (not including shipping, handling, tax, and graft). I got the hint, as subtle as it was. However, I bridled against paying that much for a plastic item – I could build it better and cheaper? I’m also thinking she new from the start where this was going. In any event, taking some measurements on the doll and copying the image she provided (2nd pic), I came up with this design, which she approved.

The unit measures ~33” (incl. closet) by 18” high, by 10” deep. The materials used were 1/4” and 1/2” Baltic birch ply, and 1×2 clear pine for the bed posts. The rails and head/foot boards were joined with mortise and tenon. I also cut out some cloths hangers using 1/8” press board. YiaYia made some mattresses using some foam packing material with pink cotton covers. The closet rod and curtain hangers were made from 1/4” doweling thru drilled on one side and hot glued in the stopped hole on the other side for ease of replacement if necessary. The whole unit was rattle can painted with semi gloss white. The next addition will be a lace closet curtain and bed clothing to be picked out by the ladies, but my job here is done.

Speaking of additions, I am wondering why grand daughter needs a bunk bed, she only has one doll. Sometimes I think grand daughter is several steps ahead of where she appears to be. Anyway, thanks for stopping in and taking a look. Have a safe and productive summer.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#1 posted 07-23-2015 09:22 PM

With the numbers of dolls that my daughter owns, I need like ten of these. Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 07-24-2015 01:54 PM

Gramps, you are so awesome!

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#3 posted 07-24-2015 02:38 PM

Look at you go Granpa ! Might just have to make one of those myself!

-- David, Norwood Mass,

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#4 posted 07-24-2015 04:13 PM

I have made these, with only granddaughters why not.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#5 posted 07-25-2015 11:38 AM

Nothing gives us so much pleasure as making toys for our little ones. Great looking toy. Not only it’s cheaper,it’s healthier than chineese plastic.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#6 posted 07-25-2015 05:03 PM

I can see how the little gals would love these. I know that my two daughters would have. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 08-02-2015 02:09 PM

You’re a good Grandpaw. I know there’s a very happy happy happy lil girl

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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