Cherry Bunk Beds

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Project by Clayton Whisman posted 445 days ago 884 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a project I completed earlier this year. It’s a solid cherry bunk bed for my two sons. This is my largest project to-date. It took me over a year to complete (with other projects mixed in along the way). Everything was pre-finished before final assembly. The finishing schedule was: 3 coats of 50/50 mix of de-waxed shellac and alcohol with one table spoon of Transtint Reddish-Brown dye added in. This was allied with my HVLP sprayer. The top coat was three coats of satin polyurethane.

I forgot to mention this was built from the plans sold at Rockler. I do plan to build side rails to match and an additional footboard, stretcher and posts which will allow for a L-shaped configuration.

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#1 posted 445 days ago

Another winner Clayton ,well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 445 days ago

That is one beautiful job. The color is great.
What did you use to line then up when they are stacked ?

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#3 posted 445 days ago

I like the finish alot. Good build.

-- Measure twice, cut once, then rout a whole bunch

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Clayton Whisman

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#4 posted 445 days ago

Thanks a1Jim.

Thanks MikeDE. The beds are aligned with 3/4” x 1.5” dowels on each post.

Thanks Kevin.

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#5 posted 445 days ago

Looks good. These are the kind of projects that I am glad to get OUT of the shop….................

-- mike...............

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#6 posted 444 days ago

I was only able to finish one of these beds in a years time and never build the top bunk. Beds are a lot of work.

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Clayton Whisman

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#7 posted 444 days ago

redryder – yes, I was definitely tired of seeing this one in the shop. I was glad to finally get it out the door.

RobertT – Yes I agree. I won’t be doing another bed anytime soon :-)

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#8 posted 443 days ago

Those look great. I bet they’re very solid, and will be in the family for a long time.

-- Robb

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#9 posted 442 days ago

Wonderful and well crafted bunk beds! Great wood and great design. This will become an heirloom that will be enjoyed by the family.

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Clayton Whisman

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#10 posted 442 days ago

Thanks Robb, Fishinbo

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