A little LJ gift

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Project by tkroupa posted 08-19-2013 02:55 AM 1080 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

just thought I would share a little about myself with this project. I am new to the group, but have learned a lot just looking and reading the posts. This is a great bunch of people sharing thoughts and expertise to everyone on the site. With that said, I too like to share my experience and knowledge, but I have little in the field of woodworking, so I am learning quickly.

This project has been on my list for some time now. The first picture is a doll bed my dad made for all the grand girls in my family. He passed in 1995 from ALS (Lou Gehrigs Disease). I feel for anyone who has had a relative that passed from that disease, it is a very nasty one. So I decided to make replicas and some variations of his doll bed as gifts to our local Catholic Church and Toys for Tots in the Boise, Idaho area this year in remembrance of my dad, who it turns out that I am very much like him as my wife constantly reminds me, good and bad I guess.

I am by nature a person that keeps to myself and does not go out and want praise for stuff I do. I plan to donate these anonymously to the two groups I mentioned above. I am going to try to build at least 25 beds and paint them white. My wife has even offered to make a little bed cushion and pillow to go with them. It does make you realize how fortunate we are, and how gifted you all are in this group and I am glad I stumbled across this site several months ago.

I tired to make these beds as simple and sturdy as possible, but any comments or suggestions woud be taken to make it easier to better. They measure about 13 inches wide and about 22 inches long.

Thanks for looking.

-- Tim, Meridian, Idaho

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#1 posted 08-19-2013 05:15 AM

Tim, this is a touching tribute to your dad. These will make a lot of little girls happy this Christmas! Thanks for sharing and God bless.

-- God bless, Candy

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#2 posted 08-19-2013 07:57 AM

Nice designs!

They look pretty big, and I have just a bit of experience with making a couple beds for a certain larger, popular brand of dolls.

I would only add that you should make them strong enough to support the weight of a little girl. She is bound to test such a beautiful piece of furniture for herself! :-)

(I especially like the rocking bed, as well as the joinery at the rockers)

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#3 posted 08-19-2013 11:29 AM

From my limited experience in making small items like the dolls bed I would say you have developed a good system to make them and produce a nice product.

I am sure the recipients will be very pleased

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 08-19-2013 10:20 PM

Good on you for Paying It Forward,,,,, (insert applauding smiley face here)
well, see my sig line :-)

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

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