|Project by Chad||posted 01-15-2013 02:40 AM||1499 views||7 times favorited||11 comments|
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, http://www.etsy.com/shop/acousticallyblue