General Lee big boy bed

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Project by woodtinner posted 02-08-2012 09:08 PM 3344 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My oldest boy was growing out of his jr. race car bed, (actually his little brother was ready to move into it), and I had him hooked on reruns of the best show ever – The Dukes of Hazzard. So, it was only natural that I make him a General Lee bed. Somewhat simple construction of 3/4” plywood, and assorted 2 by lumber. The hood opens to reveal a small toy box. The dual exhaust is rounded off 2×2 that serves as the rails holding the matress support. All in all, construction was pretty easy, it being a labor of love. I simply scaled the dimensions from a die cast model and applied them to the plywood, and although the roofline got a bit chopped (to make it easier to get in & out), all in all I was pretty pleased with the results. More importantly, so was he… Worst part of the whole project (aside from building in an unheated garage in the middle of Chicago winter) was the paint process. Sanding, sanding, sanding, primer, primer, baselayer, details etc.

-- Jeff, Chicago, jerk of all trades (except plumbing)

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#1 posted 02-08-2012 11:03 PM

Look Great Jeff! I’m sure he will love sleeping in the General! Unheated garage !!! Brrrrrrr!!!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 02-08-2012 11:11 PM

Way cool Jeff Your boy has to love it.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 02-09-2012 12:10 AM

Very cool! I bet he loves it.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#4 posted 02-09-2012 02:10 AM

That is a bed any boy would be proud to sleep in! Good job.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#5 posted 02-10-2012 02:21 AM

That is so cool. I’ll have to keep this in mind when my son gets older

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#6 posted 02-11-2012 04:04 AM

Someone will be ready to go to bed at night. Great bed

-- Norman

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#7 posted 02-11-2012 06:01 PM

Thanks all. Now if I can get him to go to sleep…

I mad another bed for my middle boy, and will post it when I get a chance. Cool thing is, when they get old enough where I can trust them not to kill themselves, I’ll be making a bunk bed out of them. The General Lee will be jumping over a dinosaur, which is a bit far fetched, but then again, the General can jump over anything, right?

-- Jeff, Chicago, jerk of all trades (except plumbing)

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#8 posted 04-04-2015 12:14 AM


I am still interested in the General Lee bed, I do have a question though, is it possible to remove the wood putty to reveal the screws and disassemble the bed to ease transport. I could then just put new putty in after reassembly, and then repaint over those spots. OR what would your price make ANOTHER one just like it for me to pick up and assemble? Also is there a number that I can reach you at?

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