Bunk beds

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Project by workerinwood posted 04-23-2012 02:29 AM 1675 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first large project, bunk beds for a couple of my grand daughters This had a large learning curve for me. I understood how to construct it but to execute was the challenge. Started 09/11 and finished 04/12, (had lots of distractions and interruptions along the way) wish I would have logged my time so I would know how many hours it took to build. It is constructed of alder, hardware was from Rockler. Overall I am pleased with the completed project.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#1 posted 04-23-2012 03:08 AM

nice job.
any photos of the construction?
how are you keeping the top part from sliding off the bottom section?

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#2 posted 04-23-2012 05:11 AM

Very very nice bed – great design and beautifully done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 04-23-2012 02:55 PM

Paul – I used 3/8”x2” steel pins (from Rockler) in each post. Sorry no construction photos.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 04-23-2012 04:23 PM

Just 2”.That means 1” into each half. What if the kids start kicking from the bottom? Might want to lock that together some how.
Good Luck

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#5 posted 04-23-2012 05:10 PM

Very nice and from the looks on their face I would say that they are a hit with the girls. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#6 posted 04-26-2012 03:47 AM

Hey I recognize that. I see that you improved on my design. Very well I might add. In hindsight I too would of made the ladder angle out like you did. The difference is that to connect the two beds together I used two 1/2” x 2” bolts slightly offset 1/8” from center line to create tension for each leg. The tension works great as my kids have put them through the jump test. And at my wife’s request i replaced the short side rail with one that extends from the end of the bed to the ladder as you have done. Very good indeed.

-- Measure once, then twice and cut only after you made sure your good. John Paul

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#7 posted 04-28-2012 04:50 PM

very nice bed I like the design of it. It looks like your grand daughters are happy with it which is what counts.

-- Gracie's wooden signs. Middlebury, In.

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#8 posted 07-10-2012 04:11 PM

You did very well on your first large project!

-- Gary, Indianapolis

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#9 posted 05-01-2014 02:31 PM

Nicely done, they will pass it on to their kids too!

-- A poor workman blames his tools. Boy Sbeit, Ontario Canada

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