Twin Beds

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Project by ATLJack posted 07-05-2012 02:59 PM 1390 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished two twin sized beds for my boys, ages 2 and 3. Of course, halfway through the build I discovered that I will need a 3rd because I have another boy on the way. Too bad I didnt time it better because it would have been easier to build all 3 all three same time. I did not come up with the design, I asked my wife what she wanted and she pointed me here:

Anyway, they are made out of plain sawn white oak and finished with a water based pigment stain and several coats of polyacrylic. There is a total of 64 mortise and tenon joints between the two beds. I did cheat and used brackets to secure the siderails to the headboard & footboard. Several mistake were made along the way and I asked a lot of dumb questions, its not the best staining job you will ever see, but perhaps the most annoying is that I discovered that a 39” x 75” twin mattress is not actually 39” x 75”. I planned the beds to have a little extra room to easily stuff blankets, but the mattress are only 37” x 72.5” so I ended up with too much room around the mattress for my taste. I havent done it yet, but I will take a couple inches off the siderails to shorted the bed for a better fit. Nonetheless, I am happy with the end product as is my wife.

Next up is matching bedside tables and bookshelves.

Back story: Growing up I spent a lot of time in my fathers shop. His hobby/passion was woodworking, at the time it didnt interest me but I reluctantly hung out in his shop anyway. By the time I was 14 I was begging to to take up a new hobby and buy an old stingray or mustang to restore because I was more interested in cars and sick and tired of sanding. He never did pick up the hobby I wanted so I continued to absorb and learned something about wood. Once I left home I didnt touch any wood projects, I didnt have an interest or a space to create a shop. I recently caught the woodworking bug, this is my first project without his help. I wish he was still around, I think he would be proud and I would like to show him what he taught me.

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#1 posted 07-05-2012 03:19 PM

Great job on the beds! Congrats on the 3rd boy.

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

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#2 posted 07-05-2012 04:37 PM

Very clean lines. Nice work.

-- Ron, Montana

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#3 posted 07-06-2012 01:45 PM

Very nice, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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