|Project by kansas||posted 09-28-2009 01:34 AM||1605 views||5 times favorited||5 comments|
We stopped at shaker village just south of Lexington, KY this summer. They had numorous beds. All were similar but somewhat unique. I liked this one the best. I don’t know if any of the dimensions on my version match the original since I didn’t take any measurements. The originals all had turned lower halves of the legs but I don’t have a lathe so I just tapered them on 3 sides below where the rails connect. This is my first significant project with cherry. I like it but I think walnut is still my favorite so far. The slats are poplar. It is sized to fit a bunkbed mattress which measured 37.5×75”. The legs started out just under 2.5” square. The long ones are 41.5” and short ones are 31.5” long. I wiped it down with linseed oil and then wiped on 4 thin coats of satin poly, sanding between each coat and then I rubbed it down with 0000 steel wool dipped in paste wax. Rails are 18” off the floor—perfect for the kids to hide under! My 3 year old can just barely climb in.