Twin Platform Bed and Nightstand

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Project by Chad posted 01-15-2013 02:40 AM 1897 views 7 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a twin bed and nightstand I made for my daughter when she was ready for the move to a “big-girl bed.” I designed the set for my wife based loosely on something she found at Py B*n Kids.

The bed is made from solid pine joined with loose tenons (Beadlock system). I think the most expensive part of the bed was the finials for each post; the most difficult thing to find was an untreated 4×4, as I had no reliable way to surface the sides to glue up a post. Rails are attached with L-bracket hardware from Rockler. The safety rail is removable and has since been removed. The bed taught me how nice it would have been to have a miter saw or table saw (which I now have) and a band saw for the curves (which I still don’t).

The nightstand was my first effort at a drawer—it didn’t go well, but I learned a lot (like measuring diagonals to make sure the box is square, how difficult it is to mount the runner for a drawer box that isn’t square, and that a few coats of paint will fill up a 1/16” reveal in a hurry). That drawer made it about a year and a half before it was replaced by a dovetailed, perfectly square, solid poplar drawer with a shiplapped bottom mounted in beveled drawer slips.

The set is finished in Sherwin Williams Oil-Based Pro Classic White.

Overall, I learned a lot from this project, and it has held up beautifully. I’m sure she’ll have it for a long time, and my grandkids will probably sleep on it too. Far better than anything I could have bought her.

-- Chad in Charleston, SC,

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#1 posted 01-15-2013 03:43 AM

Nice work she will love that bed for a long time

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#2 posted 01-15-2013 05:32 AM

I’m thinking there is a little girl with a smile as big as the sun saying how cool her Daddy is! Great work!

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

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#3 posted 01-15-2013 07:00 AM

Thats a nice bedroom set you made, the paint job turn out really nice. did you bruise, roll, or spray it. I hope your daught loves it.

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#4 posted 01-15-2013 09:25 AM

This is the kind of project I hope to be good enough to make (I am a total novice). Since I sew, my daughter believes I can make anything. She has already asked for a bed. Did you also make the doll cradle and high chair? They are very cute there.

-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...

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#5 posted 01-15-2013 11:37 AM

You have accomplished a lot with this. Both making a beautiful piece for your daughter and increasing your skill level. Good job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 01-15-2013 04:26 PM

Nice work a super job on both pieces.

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#7 posted 01-15-2013 06:44 PM

My daughter has the exact same blanket as that. We’ve been looking for ideas for a bed for her. I really like that bed and nightstand. Looks nice and solid.

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#8 posted 01-15-2013 07:02 PM

She is proud—she’s been in it for a couple years now and still tells her friends when they come over. They really couldn’t care less who built it, but I didn’t make it for them.

Ejvc: My dad actually made the cradle for her 2nd birthday. The high chair is plastic, from American Girl.

-- Chad in Charleston, SC,

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#9 posted 01-15-2013 08:50 PM

Beautiful bed and nightstand, perfect for the lovely room and daughter. Way to go dad!


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#10 posted 01-15-2013 10:49 PM

Alan, I brushed on the paint and had no problems with brush marks. I had heard great things about the leveling abilities of the SW Pro Classic paint, and I wasn’t disappointed.

-- Chad in Charleston, SC,

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#11 posted 04-05-2013 10:51 AM

Looks fantastic!.A twin platform bed are a great sleeping option. They work well in a child’s room, and many other places.Platform beds are great for complementing any decor, but are especially well suited for rooms that are going for a simple feel.

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