Pallet style platform bed for daughter #3

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Project by Mainiac Matt posted 02-02-2018 03:18 AM 747 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built hope chests for my first two daughters, but #3 sent me a picture of a pallet bed that she saw on Pinterest that she liked and asked if I would make her that instead. So I modeled it up in SolidWorks and went back and forth with her until I got “design approval”.

Pretty simple build of all 1x White Pine. It’s modular with the base split down the middle lengthwise and spliced together with full length deck boards at each end and the head board attached with T-nuts. This way I could get it up our U-shaped stairway.

I prefinished all the boards before assembly… and boy were there a lot of them.

She wanted the bed to match the trim in her bedroom, which is very labor intensive…
>Sand to 220
>seal with General Finishes water based Natural stain (works well for blotch control)
>Stain with two coats of General Finishes water based Pecan
>Two coats of Min-Wax water based Poly Acrylic, applied with a foam brush.

She changed her mind about the integral milk crate style night stand, so until she decides how she wants that, I’m calling it done.

She likes it a lot, but I can’t say this was a fun project, as the finishing was very arduous and I had Pine boards in various states of completion drying all over the shop for what seemed like forever.

Thanks for looking.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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#1 posted 02-02-2018 03:21 AM

But your customer is very happy. That’s the best part. Great job sir.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 02-02-2018 03:22 AM

Looking great, my friend. You have some really blessed children.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#3 posted 02-02-2018 03:33 AM

Bravo, Matt! As long as she’s happy…...

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#4 posted 02-02-2018 04:03 AM

Very nice, happy daughter=happy life.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#5 posted 02-02-2018 04:24 AM

Great Job Matt, She has her own designed bed and made by a special guy !!

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#6 posted 02-02-2018 06:51 AM

Looks like a perfect finish, Matt! Ah, to be young and able to rise easily from such a close-to-the-floor-level…

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 02-02-2018 08:03 AM

Really great Matt!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#8 posted 02-02-2018 08:11 AM

Looks cute, and the bed is also nice.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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#9 posted 02-02-2018 03:41 PM

This is a very nice looking bed. Congratulations!

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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#10 posted 02-02-2018 05:10 PM

Turned out very nice.

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#11 posted 02-02-2018 05:54 PM

nice job, Matt! Can understand why you are glad to be done – finishing isn’t my favorite part but I’m getting better! Sounds like a lot of work to get the perfect color :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

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#12 posted 02-02-2018 08:21 PM

Very Nice & Well Done! Congrats on The Top Three!

-- I Take My Kids Everywhere! The Problem Is, They Keep Finding Their Way Back Home! (Rick, Ontario, Canada)

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#13 posted 02-02-2018 08:42 PM

Very nice, Matt! Another happy client is a good thing. Is that a twin mattress on a king frame? I’m thinking she’s going to want that integral night stand—I like that idea, BTW.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#14 posted 02-03-2018 11:06 PM

Turned out very well, Matt! And it’s always nice to have a happy customer…..!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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