Pallet (look) Twin Beds

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Project by ten4cmor posted 09-18-2015 05:16 PM 786 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built these beds for my two little girls. My wife wanted pallet beds because that is the in thing now… to have everything look like pallets? So my response was “I am not using pallets for my girls beds!... but I will make them look like pallets”. Seems ironic typing that, building something to look like a pallet. Anyways so they are made with 2X4’s for the frames of the head and footboards, 1×4’s for the headboard and footboard slats, 1×6’s for the bed rails with 2×2’s for the rails to hold the mattress rails (used scrap wood I had for these slats).

Joinery on the frames are butt joints and pocket screws. The slats are nailed to the frames to give the pallet look. the bed rails are connected to the frames with 2 screws each and the mattress slats are secured to the bed rails with 1” Kreg pocket screws (I recessed the holes for each screw using the Kreg bit in the drill press).

This was the first project in which I used my Fuji semi-pro paint sprayer. There is 1 coat of Kilz 2 primer and 1 one of Behr semi gloss. I thinned each following the recommendation on the cans and used the Aircap set #5 (1.8mm) needle and it worked great. Consistent spray and even coat.

The girls love there new beds and Mom is pleased (that is most important right!?). Someday I will convince my wife that a good stain on quality hardwood is appealing and attractive but until then, a couple coats of paint will do to make her happy.

-- "Truth is not based on belief but rather belief is the intended response to Truth"

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#1 posted 09-18-2015 08:46 PM

Cool beds, I have to admit I was thinking like you were. Pallet beds for little girls, then it became crystal clear the wife wanted them. We all know happy wife = happy life. They will be happy campers hanging out together. Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 09-18-2015 09:01 PM

Very true about keeping our wives happy. I seem to forget that and then she reminds me. Keeping her happy helps me keep time in the shop too and occasionally she’ll come an join me which is even cooler.

-- "Truth is not based on belief but rather belief is the intended response to Truth"

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