Wee Bed for a Wee Lass

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Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 09-12-2016 02:03 AM 453 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch


It’s been a while since I posted anything on Lumberjocks. Life just gets that way sometimes. I wish I had more time. But I don’t so here is my absentee project.

Martha found a cheap plastic/tubular aluminum toddler bed by the side of the road and threw it in the van. When I got home. I see the wretched thing in the garage. Martha asks me to reinforce it for one of her patients.

Her patient is beautiful tiny girl who has defied all of the doctors predictions and lived. She just recently had surgery to close the hole in her throat and is now learning to speak. She can also go outside and play with her older brother and sister. Her life is being filled with the joy every child of 3 should have. She is no longer trapped.

Even though she is partially deaf her ability to speak is catching up very quickly to other children her age. The first words Martha heard out the little one’s mouth is “Ata… Ata!!” That’s short for Martha. You might understand why my wife has a real connection with this young girl.

Back to the bed… I saw that cheap piece of furniture and thought of the little girl. I said “I’ll figure something out.”
Martha went to the store and when she returned, I had already cut all the pieces to the bed. The next week it was assembled and sanded, today it was primed and ready to go. The little angel’s Father heard that I was making the bed and wants to paint it. It sounds good to me.

To the father I say good on you. Do something wonderful with the paint. Put your touch on it. He’ll have the bed tomorrow.

Again we go back to the bed with fewer detours.

The Wood: Have you ever gone to Lowes and seen that pile of culled lumber for sale…cheap…. Well I needed some 1X4s. I walked straight over to that pile and saw about 10 of them along with a bunch of 1X6s and 2X4s for $45.00. Heck, some of it was split, some warped, some live edge but I didn’t care. The wood I need was going to cost $35 and this stuff was 10 feet long. I made it work. This is the 4th project out of that wood.

The construction: The head board and foot board are a 3 layer wood sandwich. Each leg interlocks with the top rails. The rails fit into slots in the foot and head boards. Where they meet in the corners is mitered. I reinforced the bed with oak corner blocks and a spanner. There is no wiggle there.

The guard rails – I don’t like. They were not my after thought. They are my wife’s requirement. Late requirements throw a wrench into the works every time. I hope the young princess doesn’t need them and her papa removes the 3 inconspicuous screws and tosses them.

All the curves were shaped by my spindle sander because I just felt like using it. ;)

The mattress base is more of that wood. Normally you wouldn’t use bare wood under a mattress but she is such a tiny thing that she’ll never compress the mattress enough to know. I hope it works fine. I’m a little nervous about that.

A shout-out to Skip!! he came over and hung with me a bit with his sleeves rolled up. I was bragging on you all and well I should. I learned all my good stuff from you. The bad stuff is my own. :)

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 09-12-2016 04:57 AM

Go Man GO!

I know it will be a GIANT success… Everyone will LOVE IT!


Y’all did a fantastic job!

God Bless you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 09-12-2016 05:09 AM

Thank you Joe. Good to see your post my friend.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#3 posted 09-12-2016 06:24 AM

You’ve done wonderful job here,both, humanitarian and woodworking.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Jim Rowe

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#4 posted 09-12-2016 07:45 AM

Beautiful! What a kind and generous man you are.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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Jim Jakosh

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#5 posted 09-12-2016 11:06 AM

Nice going, Mark, That will outlast that cheapo one and look a lot better.


-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#6 posted 09-12-2016 11:56 AM

SUPER ON YOU! You’ve certainly done this family and child a great service. The assembly is just good craftsmanship on your part.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#7 posted 09-12-2016 01:20 PM

You’ve done a nice job on it, and a it’s a wonderful thing for you and your wife to help the child. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#8 posted 09-12-2016 01:53 PM

Good on you Mark ! No doubt the little angel will love her “big girl bed”

“Paying It Forward” comes in many forms, and you Sir, are certainly one of them !

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#9 posted 09-12-2016 02:52 PM

Thank you all for the blessings. You epitomize the heart of the LJ members.

Something very cool happened to the original bed. I put it on the curb last Thursday. Half an hour later – it was gone. I’m really glad I didn’t dismantle it for parts.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Richard W. Hyman Jr

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#10 posted 09-12-2016 05:56 PM

Great work for a greater purpose!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#11 posted 09-13-2016 01:30 AM

What a nice project and gift to help this little girl enjoy life a little better .


-- Kiefer

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