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Full Size Loft Bed (February 2013)

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Project by JSB posted 02-10-2013 04:15 AM 4051 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I guess this is my contribution to Get Woodworking Week.

How to build a loft bed. This is for a full size bed. Everything you need to build it as well as the SketchUp file for you to modify as needed is here. The footboard side is a full ladder. All slats are 2×4s with a small rabbit to fit in a sub rail. The headboard side has 3 shelves below with a plywood back to add lateral support. The frame is mounted at 5’ off the ground. I still have to sand everything and round some corners but the build is essentially done. I used a lot of scraps for this but total cost should be around $120 depending on location. A shopping list, all diagrams, the SketchUp file, and 6 videos covering the build.

Please use included diagrams to verify shopping list before you purchase materials.
SHOPPING LIST (Q=QUANTITY):
2X4X8 Q3
2X4X10 Q9
2X6X8 Q4
2X6X10 Q1
2X6X12 Q2
2X8X10 Q2 OR 2X8X16 Q1
1/4” PLYWOOD Q1
2-1/2” KREG SCREWS Q78
2-1/2” SCREWS OF CHOICE Q76
WOOD GLUE OPTIONAL

Link to the SketchUp file:
http://ubuntuone.com/18sE4IfguyNlweBcEa3oc0

Link to the diagrams for those who do not have SketchUp:
http://ubuntuone.com/5SvOwXX33GH4XgzlgAp9G2
http://ubuntuone.com/55z6DMxnw3yxmbNxtlNjEc
http://ubuntuone.com/2QyIZxKor9mCr4juR7TAw4
http://ubuntuone.com/5gcvenac3mUe7uRRy5rCUc

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com or http://www.woodworkingwithsketchup.com





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Patooie

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#1 posted 02-10-2013 06:58 AM

My daughter has been begging me to set something like this up for her. Your timing is great and I like the setup a lot. How did you wind up finishing it? Painted?

One other bit. I noticed you had some sort of quick change on your drill going back and forth from the countersink to the driver. That’s slick! What/where did you get that setup? I can’t tell you how much time that would save me. I’m constantly switching back and forth (so much so that I have my cordless and corded usually set up separately to accomplish sort of the same thing) I’d love to have a quick change rig like the one you’ve got.

Nice work Jay. Thanks for the post and the link to the sketchup. That’s a huge help!

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 02-10-2013 11:29 AM

Good job as usual. These are very practical for small rooms.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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JSB

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#3 posted 02-10-2013 01:47 PM

Patooie – The finish will just be a clear lacquer. I have yet to do it. The quick change chuck is something that came with that particular Black and Decker drill. It was purchased in 2005 and I have yet to see another B+D drill to have it. I suppose because its a great idea but horribly executed. The chuck sticks 50% of the time and is no where near center. It wobbles significantly. I believe there are a few other products out there that can be used with any 3/8 hex or chuckles driver. Check out your local box store.

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com or http://www.woodworkingwithsketchup.com

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Roger

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#4 posted 02-10-2013 02:06 PM

A nice build

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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whitebeast88

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#5 posted 02-10-2013 04:00 PM

great loft bed.

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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Mike

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#6 posted 02-11-2013 02:22 AM

Very nice! My boy has a small rom and I have been wanting to build him one of these for a while now. Thanks for sharing!

-- A person of integrity never speaks of it...he walks in it...

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