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Project by pastorglen posted 1306 days ago 1160 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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."





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spunwood

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#1 posted 1306 days ago

At first I thought Leprikauns. Love the color.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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spunwood

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#2 posted 1306 days ago

Leprakauns was in reference to your customer, not the color… the doll cleared everything up.

spunwood.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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pastorglen

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#3 posted 1306 days ago

Spunwood – that is priceless! :-)

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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PurpLev

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#4 posted 1306 days ago

fantastic! and thanks for the idea for my next project :)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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g_burky

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#5 posted 1306 days ago

Great job – and how much fun to work with these type of clients!

-- Greg, Ohio

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TomFran

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#6 posted 1306 days ago

Nice job! So much more fun and fulfilling than buying it at the store (if you could even do that). This might become a family heirloom.

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

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clarkey

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#7 posted 1305 days ago

l’ll bet your daughter is one happy girl.

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Woodbutcher3

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#8 posted 1294 days ago

Love the write up! I have a bunch of stair spindles in stock (left over from the house being build – rescued from the dumpster. Now i know what to do with them.

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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pastorglen

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#9 posted 1294 days ago

Thanks, Rod, for “getting it.”

So many times we work HOURS (in woodworking or otherwise) for those who pay us in cash. The hug I got from my daughter trumps them all and makes me wonder, what other left-overs do I have in the corner that will bless my own family. :-)

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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