|Project by Joe Watson||posted 04-04-2010 06:36 AM||2621 views||3 times favorited||8 comments|
my wife wanted to get our daughter out of her baby bed and into a toddler bed soon and after looking at a couple i told her i would build one and went about designing a shaker style bed. went to Home Depot and rummaged through the cut off bin and about six to seven dollars later I had all the wood I needed to make the headboard posts rails and matress supports. used more hand tools on this project i cut the shoulder and used a chisel to remove the waste i marked out with a marking guage. the grain might have been little too wavy for that but i got it done. I to clean the cheeks up using a new plane i tuned up, my Stanley 75 bull nose rabbet plane. used chisels and fostner bits to do the mortises. also the slight curve on the tops of the headboard and footboard i cut with a jig saw and refined with a spokeshave. to connect the rails i used dowels for alignment and screws that go into the ends of the bed for strength. used my millers falls 17 to knock corners off all the wood so corners wouldn’t be sharp.
i stained it with a minwax cherry after using thin shellac to help keep the stain from blotching. wanted to get a consistent color since their was at least two different woods in this bed. i know part was doug fir and the other SPF and not sure what the other wood was. finished of with shellac.
my wife insisted on the safety rail near the headboard but i would have rather not have put it on. the bed to me looks better with out it. shes the boss so there it is. i guess its a good thing she wont roll out of the bed right there.
My daughter was excited to see the bed. I think she has wanted to be in a real bed since the last time she was sick we put her in our bed for the night or two she was sick. of course the first thing like any other toddler she jumps on it. now the trick is keeping her there.
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