|Project by Chris Davis||posted 07-25-2007 01:41 PM||4275 views||22 times favorited||19 comments|
This is loft bed that can be used as either a twin or a full. If used as a twin it has a center bar that separates the remaining space. This extra space can be a small play area beside the mattress.
Can be used as either twin or full size.
5 drawer chest
Bookcase with adjustable shelves
Staircase with drawers
Not many challenges on this project, besides thinking of the design layout. The customer requested the full size width, but wanted to use twin size mattress. The extra space would be used for the child’s toys. They didn’t really request that it could be used with a full size mattress, but why not. I was already building it about a full size. Just make a removable center rail.
I did have to special order 5’ x 8’ sheets of MDF for the ends of the bed and staircase. That is some heavy stuff.
One interesting thing to note is the 55” radius arc used on the staircase. I accomplished this by swinging my router around a pivot point on a long arm. I mounted my router base to a piece of ½” birch 60” long (I’ve used this for many projects). My panel was 56” wide. I knew I couldn’t put a pivot point (a screw) on the edge, so I came in one inch to 55”. I also came down from the top 55”. On the router, I measured from the leading edge of my stright bit, down the extension arm, to a 55” mark. I drilled a hole and mounted it to the marks on the panel made at 55”. When I cut arches, I usually set my depth at about 1/8 of an inch deep, just enough to use it as a cut line for my jig saw. I’ll cut just outside the line and come back with the router fully extended to clean it up. This keeps the load off the router motor.
The finish on this was a white lacquer.
I included some picture of the project in the building process from my web site www.wwbed.com. where I post pictures of what I’m working on each day and broadcast live video from our shop.
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