|Project by ATLJack||posted 07-05-2012 02:59 PM||1244 views||2 times favorited||3 comments|
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: http://www.potterybarnkids.com/products/kendall-bed-and-trundle/?pkey=dbeds-mattresses.
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.