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Another Doll Bed - Made from Pallet wood

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Project by AngieO posted 355 days ago 3452 views 6 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well… after making my last doll bed with my daughter I got asked to make two more. One was requested to be left unfinished. This one got stained. The unfinished one is going to be for a dog.

I had an interesting time with this one. I took a lot more time on sanding and assembly. It’s been a while since I’ve stained anything so I was a little disappointed with a few spots where I guess I didn’t get the glue off. But… for the most part I’m happy with it. Even though I’ve done three of these now… I learn something new each time. Today and tomorrow I will be making my other stepdaughter a doll bunk bed that she asked for.

Next week…I’m going to be working on something a little out of my comfort zone. I can’t wait to get started on it and try some new techniques. Excited to share it with you as well. Wish me luck! :)

BTW… This was made using nasty, ugly, dirty pine boards… and the current “love of my life”... my planer :)





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Alongiron

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#1 posted 355 days ago

Hi Angie

Great looking projects! One lucky dog there!

A couple of hints maybe on the finishing of these beds. Pine is one wood that can really be “blotchy” It is a good idea to use a conditioner on the wood before you stain it. Here is a good article on staining

http://www.minwax.com/wood-finishing-101/staining-interior-wood/

Another thing that I try to do when possible is to pre stain the parts before gluing them together. When using mortise and tenon joints, I use some blue painters tape on the mortise and tenon so it does not get stained and compromise the glue up. You can then whip off any excess glue with a damp sponge. After the glue drys you can apply the final finish to the project.

One more question…Does that new planer snore??? :)

Good Luck on that new project. I would like to see a blog on that project..step by step

Steve

-- Measure twice and cut once.....

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Monte Pittman

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#2 posted 355 days ago

Excellent job Angie. Pine is like any wood, it’s as good as you want it to be. You did it proud on this.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Vicki

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#3 posted 355 days ago

That’s a wonderful looking bed. It’s true about the conditioner. I like Norm’s habbit of keeping a wet sponge or I use a piece of rag and get as much of that glue out right away. Another trick is spray the joints with some mineral spirits to highlight any glue spots you missed. If you have time, please post a follow up pick with bedding. I know it’s going to look fabulous and the girls will have a blast with them.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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joein10asee

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#4 posted 355 days ago

Another neat little bed. Good job. I’m sure the little girl will love it!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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scrollsaw

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#5 posted 355 days ago

You done a great job Angie

-- Todd

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woodshaver

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#6 posted 355 days ago

Nice job on the bed Angie!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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AngieO

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#7 posted 355 days ago

I actually had the conditioner out and was going to use it. I got a head of myself. I’m thinking that next time I’ll try staining before assembly. Especially since I didn’t have to fill any holes or anything Definitely will try the conditioner next time. AND… on the right hand leg of the headboard… you can tell where I held the project.
Each project I learn more.

No… the planer doesn’t snore! What kind of question is that? LOL. For it to snore that would mean it would have to sleep at some point. I don’t give it a chance. LOL!!!

I think a blog on the next project would be a great idea :)

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whitebeast88

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#8 posted 354 days ago

great beds.i was telling my wife i need to make my daughter one of these the other day.hope it turns out as nice.
best wishes on your next project:)

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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iamcliff

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#9 posted 354 days ago

Looks great. The stain gives it a nice rustic look, which I love.

-- Chris, http://www.youtube.com/CMRwoodworks , FACEBOOK: http://www.facebook.com/cmrwoodworks1 , Proverbs 16:9

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BertFlores58

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#10 posted 354 days ago

Angie,
Beautiful bed. Even it is a doll bed, the process of what you undergone is already advance woodworking skill. The rabbet and most of the joints are accurate. I thought it was torched and burnt. The staining is good. I can remember that I started making projects using pallets and recycled wood. The softwood is more difficult to handle than the hardwood. Pine is chipping out or just compresses using a chisel. Keep it going.

-- Bert

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joein10asee

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#11 posted 354 days ago

”on the right hand leg of the headboard… you can tell where I held the project.”
Yep, that can catch you off guard. It sux that the oils in our fingers can cause so much havoc sometimes.

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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AngieO

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#12 posted 354 days ago

Thanks guys. I’m looking forward to using something other than pine this week. Should be very interesting.

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AngieO

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#13 posted 354 days ago

joein10asee… and I KNEW better. I did that on one of my frames. But it’s been a while since I stained anything so I wasn’t thinking. Definitely will remember next time. And I’ll remember the conditioner. Especially using pine.

alongiron… I did check out that link. Thanks. It was very helpful.

Bert… Thanks. My 9 year old son came out and took a very brief interest in what I was doing. He saw the bed just after I finished sanding it down. He thought it was cool and I even showed him what the wood looked like before it went through the planer. He was amazed. His first comment was “How did you make the ugly wood look so beautiful?”
Even funnier… after I stained it he came back out and gave me a weird look and said “why did you make it look old and diryt? I liked it better the other way.” LOL

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prattman

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#14 posted 354 days ago

Well done, neat project

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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mikethetermite

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#15 posted 354 days ago

Great job Angie o

Grand Daughters that have American Girl dolls that Grandma bought. They wanted wardrobes to keep their dolls and the dolls clothes in. Yep, American Girl just happens to sell wardrobes at $350.00 each that comes to $1050.00 + tax. I was able to build them for less than $100.00 in materials.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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