log bunk bed

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Project by SuperDave02 posted 11-01-2009 02:04 AM 3673 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I first had the idea to use the bent log as the top rail over the ladder, it seemed like a good idea….....I kinda regret it now. I think it would have looked better with a straight piece. Oh well. Not pictures is a 3/4 piece of plywood for the mattress to lay on. I used a circular saw to make a grove in the rails that the plywood tightly fits into.

-- David South FLorida

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#1 posted 11-01-2009 02:20 AM

Very cool bed Dave

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#2 posted 11-01-2009 02:36 AM

Why use a straight log ?The crooked ones are more fun.

-- You don't have to be crazy to work with juniper, but it sure helps.

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#3 posted 11-01-2009 02:41 AM

I agree, the waviness of the top rail makes the bed look just plain fun. Nice job!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 11-01-2009 03:36 AM

Dave – The bed is awesome, Nice job! A favorite for sure.

-- NorthWoodsMan

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#5 posted 11-01-2009 04:03 AM

Dave and I mean’t Super dave…that bunk bed is awesome…..when ya think about it , the slight bend or arch in that top rail makes it easier to climb over when the kid is a coming up and down especially in the middle of the night when it is dark…naw good design don’t you fret it none, you did good…I have a log Twin over Twin BunkBed in my shop slated for my son who lives with my ex in the next small town and my biggest fear is him climbing up and down that ladder sleepy and falling and I have been thinking of ways to make it safer…It is tough when it is your family or kin you are building for..I know…my friend

I thought about tacking strips of leather or something with good traction on the topside of the rungs of the ladder and cutting out a section of the side rail about where yours angles off and then mounting night lights in the main posts close to where the ladder is (So they can see to go an’ pee)(Yea when it comes to kid’s I always get a little too nervous) But anyway, Nice bunk bed they are going to love it…Be well

-- Frank, Dallas,TX , , “I have a REALLY BIG chainsaw”

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#6 posted 11-01-2009 04:09 AM

Frank, You probably don’t need to get to fancy with your ladder, I had a bunk bed whan I was a kid and if your son is like me, he will bypass the ladder every time and just jump or slide over the side.

-- David South FLorida

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#7 posted 11-01-2009 05:06 AM

I like the bent rail as it adds character and also it looks like it makes it easier to get up into the top bunk. I do understand your concern that the bend does make it look a little awkward as far as aesthetics, but how about adding some dark wood pegs (3 or 4) in that area as an assymetrical accent so your eye doesn’t mind the rail being lower on the left and then the viewer also realizes that that is where the ladder leads to the upper bunk so it’s appropriate for the lower rail. You could tape on some dark dots to see if you like it or not before drilling.

OR: Add a bent, diagonal or curved piece of wood inside the bent area of the rail as a decorative accent so there’s more happening in that small space. This will give some interesting lines to the small area in contrast to the large, open area of the design.

Does this make sense?

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#8 posted 11-01-2009 05:16 AM

Amazing, I have enough trouble building with straight lumber.

-- Robert in middle TN

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#9 posted 11-01-2009 03:22 PM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#10 posted 11-01-2009 09:42 PM

I like it just the way it is. The charm is in the irregularity of it. I wouldn’t change a thing. The kids will love it!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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