Tink Tot bed for the little girl

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Project by RandyMarine posted 12-26-2009 03:05 AM 2199 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Happy holidays all!

I know I haven’t posted anything in awhile, but I have been busy working my but off to take advantage of the short summer I had. I have a few projects I have completed that I will be posting over the next few days.

This is what I consider to be my best work of the summer. My daugher, Alexandria, is a very big girl for four months shy of 3 years old. (41”, 39 lbs.) She loves to jump, jump, jump. Needless to say her 3 in 1 crib was turned into firewood quick. Knowing you can’t always stop them, I decided to build a better mouse trap. Well, in this case, more robust.

I don’t have a lot of the fancy tools, or a big shop(until last month), or much cash. I decided I would build it out of poplar and birch ply from the big box store and use all hand tools to do it. This solved a few problems: 1) If I screwed up, I could go right back and buy more wood because it is so close. 2) I could learn how to properly use a chisel (with Mr. Spagnolos help).

For the posts I face joined 2 2×6x5’ boards, ripped them in half and milled the 2 posts down to 3×3. Cut them to length and got to pounding… Lesson 1) no matter how much time you think a given task will take, multiply it by atleast 2. This is also when I realized, I enjoyed chiseling but I need a jointers mallet.

The box is actually a 1/2”x6 box joined in the corners with rabbets inside a 1/2”x2” box as an outter strap joined with miters in each corner. This was to tuck inside the posts and hopefully provided it enough strength to put up with my 2 monkeys. I used 7/16” birch for the box bottom that rests in a 1/4 deep dado.

I mortised and tennoned the 3 rails in the head board and foot board. I also placed a shallow dado all the way around the head board for the head board inset. I was also able to score some left over Tinker Bell wall boarder from a daycare that happened to be just the right size for the headboard.

I finished it with some Tinker Bell color paint and clear coated it for protection.

I am really pleased with how this turned out being new to this hobby. I learned a great deal about planning, execution, and gave me the motivation to build a bigger shop. And I will never forget the look on her face and what she did when she saw it…(the last pic)


I finally got Alex’s room done…( )

-- Semper Fi, Randy Sr.

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#1 posted 12-26-2009 03:17 AM

Awesome job….and nice job with the colors…. looks great….

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#2 posted 12-26-2009 03:36 AM

the last picture said it all on how the job was done just look at her

can´t you see she is praud of you and love you
but remember they always come to papa he can always fixit no mader how broken it is

Well done DAD


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#3 posted 12-26-2009 03:47 AM

Excellent project. Truly do have to love the looks on the face. My daughter is 3 and she is always sounds so proud and happy to tell people “my daddy built it” that is really one of the best payments in the world.

Congrats on the new workshop. Look forward to seeing more projects.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#4 posted 12-26-2009 04:12 AM

Great bed project, I just finished a Tinkerbell headboard for my niece. It’s a blast doing projects like these, they are the one’s you and your will remember and cherish for a lifetime.


-- Joe Truehart - The Craftsmans Woodshop

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#5 posted 12-26-2009 04:30 AM

this is very cool! nice construction, and the most fitting finish :) happy holidays

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 12-26-2009 05:08 AM

nice work she should enjoy this for quite some time. Happy Holidays

-- Duane, Ohio

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#7 posted 12-26-2009 05:20 AM

Good job Randy a great job for your little sweetie

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 12-26-2009 06:09 AM

Good work!

-- BigEd, sawdust maker in Ohio

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#9 posted 12-26-2009 08:09 AM

Wow, awesome job on that bed, its really nice

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#10 posted 12-28-2009 02:08 AM

Great looking bed. You did a very nice job on it. Looks like a very satisfied customer. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 01-07-2011 03:02 PM

Great work there Marine….Semper Fi!!!


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