Granddaughters Bunk Bed

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Project by gene posted 01-31-2008 06:09 PM 2848 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife ran across these photos of a bunk bed that I made for our granddaughter for Christmas 5 years ago. It is made using construction grade yellow pine. I purchased kiln dried 2”x 12”s @ the local 84 Lumber and riped and planed them down to needed thicknesses. I never intended for it to be used as separate beds. However, just in case, I allowed for it to be cut exactly in half. Then turn the top bed over, change out the mattress supports and “Wallah”, with a little finishing, you have 2 matching beds.
These photos are of the before finish sanding and finishing stage. I used 1/2”X 8” lag screws with washers and lock washers to attach the bed rails and biscuits for the joinery for the stiles and rails. I used 1” wooden plugs to cover the holes.
I will follow up with some finished photos as soon as I can take some.
P.S. This is a heavy duty bed and has with stood a lot of climbing and play!
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#1 posted 01-31-2008 06:13 PM

Hey Gene, Great job there. Nice pictures of something that will be in the family for many many years. Great talent you are showing us. Wish I had some. Thanks for sharing this to all of us.

-- Rich, Nevada,

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#2 posted 01-31-2008 06:34 PM

Nice job, It looks like it will stand up to a lot of climbing and playing. I look forward to seeing the finished pics.

-- Hope Never fails

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#3 posted 01-31-2008 07:08 PM

Nice job Gene. I am sure that your granddaughter has appreciated these bunk beds. As she gets older I am sure that she will better understand the significance of the project. The beds look solid and well built. I am looking forward to seeing the finished product.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 01-31-2008 07:35 PM

very versatile…i have two young daughters and think that at some point I will make some…great job…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 01-31-2008 07:44 PM

That looks mighty good for construction pine!

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

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#6 posted 01-31-2008 09:17 PM

Wow Gene, you found straight lumber at 84 Lumber??? LOL Don’t think I’ve ever seen a straight board or flat sheet of plywood come from the place [grin] Nice looking beds can’t wait to see them finished. Keep me posted.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#7 posted 01-31-2008 09:59 PM

great job gene !

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#8 posted 02-01-2008 05:24 AM

Gene, Those look great. Good planning on the seperation if they ever want to do that.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#9 posted 02-01-2008 10:41 AM

Very nice. And pre-engineering for two solo beds is a great idea, too.

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#10 posted 02-06-2008 10:59 AM

That will last for ever. Great job Gene!

-- Jiri

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#11 posted 02-12-2008 06:50 PM

I like your work, great job! I can your passion in wood.

-- Bong

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#12 posted 02-27-2008 04:59 AM

Very Very nice

-- Tyler, Illinois

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#13 posted 03-11-2008 06:44 PM

Hi Gene

Great looking bed. You do some nice work there my friend. I like your design of being able to turn it into two beds. It should last a life time.

I remember making a bunk bed for a guys camper once out of solid oak. When I delivered it, he said “I can’t use it in the camper”. I asked, what is the problem?? “It’s too beautiful”. He put the bed in the house and I made him another bunk bed using less expensive wood.

Say Hi to Gregory for me.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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