Daughter's Big Girl Bed

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Project by Rxmpo posted 12-27-2010 03:28 AM 2185 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My 4 year old daughter asked my wife and I for a “big girl” bed for Christmas. She had been in a princess themed bed since the time she was too big to be in a crib anymore. But, she has gotten so tall that she could no longer stay in the princess bed and truly did need a “big girl” bed.

So, this bed is measures ~42.5” wide and ~82” long post to post. The design is a compilation of tons of beds I saw online and thanks to the wonders of sketchup, I was able to make every design mistake on my computer and not in my shop. The footboard is an exact scaled down version of the headboard thanks to the scale tool. The wood is 3/4” poplar with 1/2” mdf sandwiched in between. I topped off the headboard and footboard with 2 0.5” pieces mdf that I routed a profile on each edge and glued them together. The rails on the hb and fb are attached to the posts with 1” tenons. I had to play with the location of the mortise to make sure there was enough room for the mdf to fit between the poplar boards. Finished the bed with a high gloss white paint and I’m happy the way it turned out.

More importantly, my daughter loves her new “big girl” bed and that is all that matters!

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#1 posted 12-27-2010 04:18 AM

Very pretty… nice execution.

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#2 posted 12-27-2010 04:37 AM

What a dad! A happy little girl!

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#3 posted 12-27-2010 05:10 AM

Excellent job. I bet she loved it!

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#4 posted 12-27-2010 05:28 AM

Nice job.. I am sure your daughter is proud of her new bed.. there is just something extra special about projects for the kids..


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#5 posted 12-27-2010 10:16 AM

Looks Great!! I hope you sized if for a standard size twin bed. I made one of these a number of years ago for my son and made it in what was called a youth bed size. after I got it finished, I found out that “youth bed’ mattreses only cost twice as much as a standard twin.

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#6 posted 12-27-2010 11:33 AM

Looks like she will have that for a while…

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#7 posted 12-27-2010 06:54 PM

Very nice , great job!!

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#8 posted 12-28-2010 12:09 AM

Excellent Mike! You built a beautiful bed for a beautiful little girl. You will look at this bed with pride every night. I like how the vertical design in the head and foot boards goes so well with the bead board on the walls. You hit the nail on the head…if your daughter likes her new big girl’s bed, that’s all that matters! Regards to all Mike.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#9 posted 12-28-2010 03:44 AM

Thanks for kind words gang… I certainly made my cut list and checked it twice b/c Ray I was not sure if the bed was going to fit. Crossed fingers and closed my eyes as I put the bed in the frame. Whew…

Lenny, thanks for noticing the theme. Her room was a project I did about year and a half ago with the bead board. Just for the record, I did not select the paint color for the walls.

Thanks again.

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