Son out grew his toddler bed!

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Project by Broglea posted 12-13-2009 04:51 AM 2378 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My youngest son out grew his toddler bed last spring. So I took the opportunity to improve on my woodworking skills. (Still have a long way to go). This bed was made out of Poplar and stained it with a Minwax walnut stain. The finish on it is a satin polyurethane. This was my first real project. Feel free to post you honest opinion. I’m always looking for ways to improve my projects.

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Dan Hux

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#1 posted 12-13-2009 04:58 AM

very nice work.,,, can I get some specs? height, width, length, how big are the corner post?

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#2 posted 12-13-2009 06:56 AM

my honest opinion is that you did a great job. I don’t care if it’s your first real project or your last!

My only question is whether or not the matress will show on the footboard. Is there another piece that will cover up the bottom of the matress or will the slats be at the bottom of those cross pieces?

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#3 posted 12-13-2009 02:39 PM

The fact that you made it for your son commands the opinion,

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#4 posted 12-13-2009 05:19 PM

I think you did an excellant job. I do like the arts and crafts style you used. I was surprised to read that the bed was made from poplar, looks like a much more expensive wood. Keep on building on.

-- Lance, southwest Missouri,

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#5 posted 12-13-2009 06:58 PM

What hunter 71 said, I couldn’t have put it any better, nice job. I’m sure he’ll like it.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#6 posted 12-13-2009 07:14 PM

Nice job,I did one for my son when he a little boy,hes 20 years old and still thinks about that loft bed of his. Keep up the building for your kids they never forget.
God Bless

-- "Well done is better than well said"

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#7 posted 12-13-2009 07:27 PM

Wonderful 1st project a fine looking bed.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 12-13-2009 11:01 PM

Very nice. I love this style. I know you’re looking for critique from seasoned woodworkers but that’s not me. I can tell you that I hope I can do as well some day.

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#9 posted 12-13-2009 11:04 PM

Looks damn nice to me, what’s to make better?

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#10 posted 12-14-2009 01:01 AM

Anything a father dose for his son is golden in my book. Nice work Broglea , have a very merry holidays…Blkcherry

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#11 posted 12-14-2009 02:00 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#12 posted 12-14-2009 04:11 AM

Cory – I added another picture to the posting of the mattress. I hope this answers your question. Don’t mind the mess. At 4 years old he hasn’t mastered cleaning his room yet.

Dan – Here are the dimensions. 80” long, 34” wide. Headboard is 40” high. Posts were laminated 4/4 planed boards. They are approx. 2 3/4” X 2 3/4”

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#13 posted 12-15-2009 12:03 AM

Very nice!

-- "I asked my wife if I look dorky in the video below where I'm planing that long piece of wood. Her reply: "It's all dorky."" - Mitch Roberson from his blog Furnitude

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Blue Mountain Woods

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#14 posted 05-15-2010 02:57 AM

That’s really beautiful. You’ll be reading stories to your grandkids in that.

-- Pete -----

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#15 posted 02-01-2013 04:47 AM

this is beautiful…..poplar? I was curious how it would do with just stain. thanks for sharing.

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