|Project by pastorglen||posted 01-31-2011 03:32 AM||1252 views||2 times favorited||9 comments|
I had a customer (my 7 year old daughter) request a bed for her doll. Although she’s a non-paying client, it’s been a great project in the making.
I used stairway spindles for the corner posts, and then cut them down to a height recommended by my shop assistant (my 10 year old son and older brother of the client). He also helped me get the proportions of the bed by measuring his bed and scaling it down. (This was a great exercise in helping him understand the usefulness of fractions.)
The headboard has a gentle curve that allowed me to use the full width of the board. Everything is hand-cut mortise and tenon joinery. Gluing everything was a challenge as there wasn’t a bunch of wiggle room. The strength of it all was tested when I stood on the side rails and nothing broke (or fell).
The greatest part, though, was taking my daughter to the hardware store to pick out paint. We were matching this avocado color (my grandmother would be so proud) that was in a picture my daughter liked, and so we went through a dozen options before she settled on this.
If you ever get the chance to do a project for and with your kids, it add the icing on the cake to your craft.
-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."