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Project by mtnjak posted 12-05-2011 08:23 PM 2281 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Growing up I remember watching the Knight Rider tv series with my dad. The past year, my family and I got a chance to watch the series again and when it came time for my 3 year old son to get a new bed (due to his new baby sister needing his old one) my wife asked why don’t I make him a bed? Inspiration took over and this is the outcome. The twin size bed is made mostly of MDF with some plywood and 2×3’s for the mattress support and southern yellow pine and aspen for the bumper.





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Drew - Rock-n H Woodshop

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#1 posted 12-06-2011 12:03 AM

This rocks! I would love to have a bed like this! Love the light feature on the front. I bet that looks wicked at night. Great job!!!

-- Drew -- "I cut it twice and it's still too short!"- Rock-n H Woodshop - Moore, OK

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#2 posted 12-06-2011 12:05 AM

thats sweet!

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

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JeffsGarage

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

man, I wish I was six again…....

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mtnjak

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#4 posted 12-06-2011 12:46 AM

Yeah, it looks cool in a dark bedroom at night. And since the bed sits at an angle in his room the scanner shines out his doorway onto the hallway wall and we can tell when he’s left it on (we’re teaching him to shut off lights when he leaves his room). After laying in it I almost wish I was a kid again too! Thanks!

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Gene Howe

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#5 posted 12-06-2011 01:00 AM

That’s just way too cool!
Great job.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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oldskoolmodder

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#6 posted 12-06-2011 07:23 PM

nice job, is the support for the mattress also used for storage?

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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mtnjak

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#7 posted 12-06-2011 09:04 PM

The support is not used for storage. I’ve seen some beds with storage underneath which have a regular face frame type setup with drawers. This is a much simpler design. Basically, I cut 4 plywood supports across the width and 2 supports across the length of the bed. Then I routed out notches halfway thru in each corresponding support in a criss-cross type pattern which results in an interlocking base. Then I cut a 1/2” thick plywood piece that sits on top of the vertical supports to support the mattress evenly. The base can be setup or broken down in about a minute or less. The entire bed has been designed with knockdown hardware, similar to a crib or other bed that can be broken down easily and set back up without the added stress of backing regular screws in and out of a finished bed piece.

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Skylark53

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#8 posted 12-07-2011 12:03 AM

You and your family should rest easy with Kit nearby. Nice work.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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mtnjak

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#9 posted 12-07-2011 12:24 AM

He’s a good buddy to have around! LOL Thanks

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#10 posted 12-07-2011 06:51 PM

What a great bed for the little guy!

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

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Craig

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#11 posted 05-06-2015 02:14 AM

This is the KITT bed I made for my son. It is all made from 19mm plywood sheets. The bed is 9 feet long. It is missing the wheels, but they were fitted when my son grew out of it and my daughter wanted it. Problem was I had to paint it PINK….poor KITT…..

-- "Whether you think you can, or whether you think you can't, you're right" Henry Ford

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mtnjak

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#12 posted 05-06-2015 12:34 PM

Craig, looks good. Nice detail on the hood and your electronics look more sophisticated than mine. I’m in the process of designing another bed (no, not KARR) for my daughter who is 3. My son is 6 now and still enjoys his bed. I’m in the mental/rough sketch process at the moment. Not sure on an exact design. Glad to see there are more like minded retro/pop culture bed makers out there. Thanks for sharing!

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