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Project by Russel posted 2456 days ago 5450 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, my grandson is beyond the size suitable for a crib and ready for a “Big Boy” bed. The problem is that he does not associate a bed with sleeping; that’s what his crib is for. When nap time rolls around, Mom or Dad will tell him it’s time for bed and he’ll head toward his bedroom. When they get there, they put him on the bed they have for him. He’s is not happy, instead he cries and points to his crib. When they concede and put him in his crib, he lays down and goes to sleep without a complaint. Apparently, he likes the crib.

So, it was thought that maybe if he had a bed that resembled his crib, he might be more agreeable to sleeping in it. Thus, this bed was made in a similar color with similar slats. The guard rail will give it a crib feel until he’s past the point of falling out of bed and then it can be removed. It’s ready to ship to Phoenix, so he should have it by Christmas.

It’s 1x pine stained with a walnut/red mahogany mixture and will comfortably hold a standard twin box springs and mattress. The rails attach to the head and foot boards with bolts and threaded inserts.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com





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Billp

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#1 posted 2456 days ago

Good thinking and by the way execellent job. Your a good Grand Pa

-- Billp

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TomFran

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#2 posted 2456 days ago

Nice job, Russel. Looks like that might do it for the little fellow. Way to come up with a solution!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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mrtrim

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#3 posted 2456 days ago

great looking bed russel hope it works out for them . i just sent my kids (2) each a key to a shiny new lexus that way all they have to do is buy the lexus !lol god i hope they dont ask me to co- sign . lol

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Blake

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#4 posted 2456 days ago

Will you be my grandpa? Beautiful job.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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Russel

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#5 posted 2456 days ago

Thanks guys, I appreciate your comments.

MrTrim – I’ll have to remember that gift idea . . . you’ll have to let me know how it works out.

And Blake, while I enjoy being a grandpa, I think you’re a little too old. If you’re not, then judging by your picture, you must have been a big baby (and I mean big), I feel for your mother. ;-)

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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RobG

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#6 posted 2455 days ago

Nice work I am especially impressed with the stain job usually pine doesn’t look that good.

-- Woodworking is Life. Anything before or after is just waiting.--S. McQueen sort of

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pastor_shane

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#7 posted 2455 days ago

Russel, good job on the bed, it turned out really nice! I have to agree with RobG, good job on the finish!

-- Shane, Guttenberg, Iowa

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cajunpen

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#8 posted 2455 days ago

Very nice Russel – isn’t it fun building things for the grand kids? Your bed should be with him for many years to come.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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rikkor

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#9 posted 2455 days ago

Looks terriffic.

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Thos. Angle

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#10 posted 2455 days ago

good one, Russel. I hope it works.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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MsDebbieP

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#11 posted 2455 days ago

great plan and a great bed!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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CharlieM1958

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#12 posted 2455 days ago

Russel, I don’t know if the child psychologists would agree with this approach or not, but it’s a great excuse for woodworking project, and a fine one at that!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Russel

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#13 posted 2455 days ago

Charlie, I guess I wasn’t really considering the psychologists, but I would think that they’d endorse transitional familiarity as an efficatious methodology for placating environmental displacement anxiety. ;-)

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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CharlieM1958

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#14 posted 2455 days ago

Sounds like you’ve got it covered. <g>

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Hibernicvs

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#15 posted 2455 days ago

Anybody who goes to see a psychiatrist ought to have his head examined. (Or so Sam Goldwyn allegedly said.) I’ve seen plans for a crib that turns into a child’s bed then into a daybed or something, so (with all due respect to the profession … which means “no respect” if you stop to think about it—if someone was due respect, you wouldn’t be saying stuff like I do), a psychologist or psychiatrist who objected to your solution would probably be a little off in his or her thinking. I actually know a child clinical psychiatrist, so maybe I’ll ask him, although I have a feeling his answer would be something starting with “bull” and ending with something else. Anyway, the only danger I’ve found in creating pieces to meet a specific need like that (I did a mini-morris chair, ottoman, and bookrack to encourage my business associate’s grandson to read) is that 1) the kid was already locked into his preference (lying on his gut playing Gameboy) 2) his mother “took over” the chair, and 3) the bookrack ended up holding game CDs.

-- Hibernicvs

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