Bunk Bed Side Rail- easy project

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Project by Echofive posted 06-05-2011 01:47 PM 6165 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was for my ex’s 5 year old daughter. I wanted to make it out of maple, but was concerned it might be too heavy for momma to remove. So I settled on Aspen, which I have a lot of but had never worked with. It’s very light, but the fibers are still tight enough be durable… at least enough for this project. It’s fastened with Kreg Jig pocketholes. The hooks on the bottom are Bunkbed ladder hooks from Rockler. They have a nice protective coating on them, but I wish there was one more screw hole close to the neck of the hook. Construction took about 2 hours, and finishing took 2 more days. I wanted it very smooth. It turned out great. Boosted my confidence, even though it was such a simple project.

-- Chip, Virginia

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#1 posted 06-05-2011 04:58 PM

Nice job, looks like it will do the job to keep that youngster from falling off the bed.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#2 posted 06-05-2011 09:09 PM

Great work, clean lines. keeping the little one safe pricless! I like when we as woodworkers fill the pocket jig holes. Much more professional looking.

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

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#3 posted 06-09-2011 12:57 AM

Yeah this was my first project using the pockethole jig. I’ve used one other brand before, but I have to brag on Kreg. It was a breeze, and the pocketholes being filled adds a nice contrast. I am impressed with it’s durability. Thanks for your comments!!

-- Chip, Virginia

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#4 posted 06-09-2011 06:36 AM

Nice looking bed. I agree on the Kreg Jig.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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