Boat Bed with Navigation Lights

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Project by Chris Davis posted 08-13-2013 06:19 PM 2730 views 9 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve built lots of these boat beds over the years, but this one I added something unique. I added navigation lights to the Bow. This is great to use as a night light or just simply every cool.

It is a real navigation lights bought form a local boat supply store. I then had to connect a 12 volt transformer and switch. I placed the switch just behind the bow so that I could be used independently of the headboard lights.

Like my other ones this one does feature a toybox in the bow and a pullout trundle bed.

-Built in April 2013
-Size: 45”w x 117”l x 41”h
-Toy Box in the bow (footboard)
-Trundle standard twin size up to a 9 1/2” Mattress
-Color Minwax Red Mahogany and custom Re
-Headboard features porthole cutouts with optional lighting
-Authentic stainless steel tie-downs

Building Pictures:
frame out bow
Shaping the Wave Breaker
prepping the bow
Bow top being made

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#1 posted 08-13-2013 07:11 PM

VERY NICE! I’m sure any kid would love to sleep in that.

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#2 posted 08-13-2013 08:12 PM

Great Lookin Bed

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#3 posted 08-13-2013 09:40 PM

THAT is freaking cool!

-- Steve

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#4 posted 08-14-2013 02:51 AM

beautiful ! I’d like to try to make one of these for my 4 year old, though mine will be less fancy. did you do a post on how to make the skin on the toy box? I thought I saw one a while ago but I can’t seem to find it now.
any tips for a novice buccaneer ?

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#5 posted 08-14-2013 03:22 AM

so cool! love the lights!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#6 posted 08-14-2013 11:52 AM

That is very nice. And, with the cleats on bow you can get some dock line and tie off rambunctious toddlers :)

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#7 posted 08-14-2013 12:19 PM

Raydawg here is a blog post on one. Not real detailed buy may get you started. Also search some of my other finished project post and see if you can get some info of them. I always post building info on them as well:

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#8 posted 08-14-2013 04:38 PM

thanks man!

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#9 posted 08-15-2013 06:34 AM

You are the bed master. Another great one to your resume. Well thought out with nice bling…..................

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

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#10 posted 08-15-2013 06:40 AM

Nailed it!
I can’t imagine a finer example of a nautical themed bed. You just flat out nailed it.

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#11 posted 08-15-2013 01:46 PM

Thanks for all the great comments!

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#12 posted 08-16-2013 01:51 PM

Very cool boat bed! Like every great detail of it especially the toy box and the pullout bed. Awesome work!

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#13 posted 08-17-2013 12:15 AM

That’s just way kool

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#14 posted 10-02-2013 07:25 PM

very awesome..would love this even as a grown up.

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