The Baseball Bed

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Project by Neil Davis posted 04-16-2011 08:57 PM 4308 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was for grandson #2. It was a bit intimidating for me as there were several procedures that I had never attempted. Loose motise and tenon, through dovetails, steel drawer guides, turning identical posts, biscuit joinery on the curve and bed bolts through the posts to pull the rails tight.

The face frame construction on the base and the back of the bed was done using Kreg pocket holes. The panels in the back were made removable so that the pictures could be changed out if tastes changed in the future. The square part of the leg had a round three inch long tenon turned onto it and then I used a Fostner bit to drill the end of the bat to accept it. All along during the construction I would run into a procedure that I was unsure about and would double and triple measure to assure myself that it was going to be correct. For example drilling the end of the bats with the Fostner bit was done by turning the drill press table to ninety degrees and then using a digital angle guage I made sure that the bat when clamped to the table was exactly prependicular. I was sweating bullets but it worked, as I did not want to have to turn another bat because I screwed up.

The bed is made from Ash lumber for the primary wood and then Bass wood for the drawers and pine for the other secondary wood. The pictures are Decopagued to the panels. The bed is stained with medium red oak stain and then coated with gloss poly.

Anyway I am pleased with the project and it really taught me many new techniques that will help with the confidence for the next project…. A dining room table.

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#1 posted 04-16-2011 09:58 PM

Great idea looks good ,well done.

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#2 posted 04-17-2011 12:54 AM

amazing your grandson is going to be the envy of the nieghborhood, nice job thanks for sharing

-- Joe, Florida

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#3 posted 04-17-2011 01:44 AM

For the drawer bottoms, did you just use regular pegboard? I’m guessing you reinforced the bottom a fair bit so it wouldn’t sag?

The bed turned out very good. Thank you for sharing your work :)

edit: I think I just noticed that the drawer pulls were mini baseballs, that’s perfect :)

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#4 posted 04-17-2011 03:45 AM

Very nice work. I love the attention to detail. I am sure the dining room table will look just as great.

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#5 posted 04-17-2011 10:39 AM

Neat design, love the posts. The bowed headboard looks difficult. No Barry Bonds?

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#6 posted 04-17-2011 11:24 AM

That is a very cool themed design.

Well done. You hit a home run with that one.

-- When we build, let us think that we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for

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#7 posted 04-18-2011 02:24 AM

Man there are some great beds on here for some lucky kids today! Another Very Cool job!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#8 posted 11-04-2012 09:59 PM

I really like this bed. Great idea to incorporate picture frames into the headboard!

-- "There seems to be a black hole in my garage that swallows up pencils and tape measures as soon as I put them down."

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