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08-30-2013 07:31 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bed wood

My daughter want to build her son (my grandson) a bed. She has an extra long twin box and mattress and I have to build around that.

Thinking about the 4 posts to be of Oak, but is about $30 a 4×4x4 and I’ll need 4, plus the rest.
Would Douglas Fir will be ok?

I don’t want to use any wood that is treated.

Any advice will be appreciated.

Thank you very much
Michael


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#1 posted 08-30-2013 07:49 PM

I built my son a loft bed out of construction grade fir. I ripped the rounded edges off to make the boards more ‘square’ and painted it and it looks great. If you want to stain it, you’ll probably have to spring for a higher quality board than that, unless you want a knotty-rustic look. It’s plenty strong (it’s the same stuff they make floor-joists out of after all) so no worries there.

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#2 posted 08-30-2013 07:57 PM

Any wood stronger than balsa will work. LJ Mauricio is in the middle of a bunk bed build for his boys using construction lumber. Doug fir is incredibly strong for its weight and would work fine, if you want to go that route.

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#3 posted 08-30-2013 10:55 PM

I’ve got a queen bed of knotty pine and to be honest it is butt ugly. And I don’t mean Vida Guerra butt (google it if you must.) either. It’s strong enough structurally but that’s about it. If you go with pine at least spring for the knot-free variety.

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#4 posted 08-30-2013 10:56 PM

2×2 bed!

pallet bed!

2×3s – 2×10s bed!

Bonus – DIY cat bed!

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#5 posted 08-30-2013 11:05 PM

I try to keep an open-mind, but when I saw that green pastel pallet with a mattress on it, I threw up in my mouth a little…

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#6 posted 08-31-2013 03:17 PM

Pine? Hummmm!!! If my kid will like me to do it from pine I’ll do it.

I’m thinking of long lasting and maybe passed to the next generation if made out of Douglas fir.

Thank you all for your input.
Michael

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#7 posted 09-07-2013 02:39 PM

I got the pine and is sitting in my garage for about 4 days.

Another question: I’ll cut the wood to the required dimensions and, can I use shellac now when I have individual pieces or wait till assembled, and a new layer when finished?

Oh boy, I’m eager to start but afraid of measuring. I know measure twice and cut ones, but still…...

Have a good weekend everybody.

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#8 posted 09-07-2013 03:43 PM

Depending on the age of your grand son consider making a loft bed. Great way to give more space

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#9 posted 09-07-2013 04:24 PM

Joe That is funny… kudos to those creative beds.. but I felt the same way, and then laughed when I read your post.

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#10 posted 09-08-2013 02:14 PM

That 2×4 bed is great! Doubt that I will build one, but I’ve saved the pic for design inspiration. Thanks for posting.

Construction-grade fir works very well if you’re selective about what you bring home. I’ve made two lofts this way and the finished products are very nice, i.e. knot-free and stained. Also cheap to construct.

Having to accommodate a box spring and extra-long dimensions are hardly a problem. I faced the same when making my second, and the product is solid, looks good, etc.

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#11 posted 09-09-2013 01:21 PM

Thank you guys.

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#12 posted 10-15-2013 05:26 PM

Finally I finished my grandson’s bed. Would like to post 2 pics of it.
I accept criticism…..... but be aware I’m armed and dangerous ;)
I have to find out how I can post the pics that I have them on my computer.

Hope it will show.
Thanks for your help.
Michael

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#13 posted 10-15-2013 05:46 PM

Here’s an example of a queen bed I made from home center pine.

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#14 posted 10-15-2013 05:53 PM

Nice, but how does it hold the mattress?

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#15 posted 10-15-2013 07:59 PM

Just Joe: The box and the mattress is sitting on the floor. Order from mom.
No space for hiding toys or anything else. I told her that if she ever wants to put some boxes on wheels under we can fix that by increasing the space between the floor and adding some supports for the mattress and taking off the box (use just the mattress).
The kid is only 4.

Bondogaposis: Very nice bed. Thank you for sharing.

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