|Forum topic by baniels||posted 04-10-2012 04:55 PM||2387 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
04-10-2012 04:55 PM
I am completing a bed for my 3 year old. He’s too big for his crib. The bed is nothing special to look at. A simple platform bed for a double mattress with no box spring. Apart from the legs, the wood exposed will be the 2×8’s that run around the perimeter. I believe they are douglas fir – not 100% on that. Whatever they had in 2×8’s at the local lumber yard.
I am going to do some roundovers on the edges and sand. I’m not sure what to use for a finish yet. I don’t want to paint them – and I don’t want to use anything with nasty chemicals – he will be spending 8 hours a day in close proximity, so I don’t want anything with a toxic offgas.
I used Tried & True Danish oil on the co-sleeper mini bed I built before he was born. That seemed to work nicely on oak. I am testing that oil on a scrap right now – after two coats it feels okay, but looks a little blah. Perhaps more sanding beforehand could help that.
I have toyed with the idea of ebonizing the wood, to make it look a little more interesting. Not sure if I want to do that or not. I have 19 days before his bed needs to be in place on his 3rd birthday.
I guess I’m looking for ideas… It would be nice to darken the wood a bit. It is a bit yellow and I suspect the linseed oil will make it more yellow over time. Would a varnish work? Should I try ebonizing?
Encourage me, discourage me, what would you do?
(slats and center support not shown)