Bunkbed for my son

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Project by jsquared posted 02-11-2010 04:47 PM 1905 views 2 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I made these bunk beds back in 2004 for our son. They are made of poplar and wet sanded with Natural Danish oil using a 400 grit sandpaper. I had a tremendous amount of assistance from a family friend that has taught woodshop for 20+ years at local high schools. He was there with me every step until the sanding stage. he left that for me. The posts are 3 laminated pieces of cut & planed 1” x 3” glued and nailed together. The cross pieces are included in the “lamination” process. The rails are attached with two 6” long lag screws on each end. I came abck later and built the rail for the top bunk which fits in a dado groove cut down each post with a router. We learned very quickly not to straighten up to quick when tucking him in because those rails are quite the hard head knockers.

-- Jsquared, Texas

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#1 posted 02-11-2010 05:20 PM

A good looking bed, I bet your son loves it.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 02-11-2010 06:01 PM

I like the design, and I’d like to make something like this for our boys. I just have to convince my wife…

-- Barry,

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#3 posted 02-11-2010 06:31 PM

In the picture, the upper and lower beds seem to be built from two parts. How did you join them together? It should be strong enough not to get separated as one is using the upper bed.

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#4 posted 02-11-2010 06:39 PM

3/8” steel dowels were cut and extend at least 3” into the posts in both directions (Up & down). It is a tight almost press fit that sometimes requires the use of pliers to pull them out when the beds are separated.

-- Jsquared, Texas

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#5 posted 02-11-2010 06:39 PM

Great Lookin Bed

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#6 posted 02-22-2010 04:56 AM

Nice looking bed.

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#7 posted 02-22-2010 08:25 AM

Very nice bed.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#8 posted 10-26-2011 10:32 PM

I have been looking for something like this to make. I like your simple design. What are the dimensions for your bed(s)?

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