My Bunk-bed project #1: Bunk bed

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Blog entry by woodshopbob posted 10-06-2007 04:59 AM 4562 reads 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well here goes another project! My oldest daughter asked if I could make the granddaughters a bunk-bed. So as usual dad is up to the challenge!! After three days of looking on the Internet for different bed styles I picked the one pictured below.

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We all approved this bed as the one best fit to the girls. So I purchased 6- 4×8 sheets of cabinet grade birch ply, 2- 4×8 sheets OSB, 1- 4×8 sheet Masonite board. We also bought several wood drawer pulls. The picture you see shows what I see as 4 separate units or mods as I will refer to them. My design will differ a bit from the picture. I am making the closet shorter with 2 drawers under the closet. Also I am adding two drawers under the shelves in that same mod. Now on to the desk mod I am putting three drawers in this mod, 1 small pencil drawer under the writing area then 2 larger drawers under it. Now the bottom bed mod, I am putting a 10×30 drawer in the end of the bed for the girls blankies & sheets. Otherwise the bed will be as pictured. The closet will be 14 1/2×36 1/2 to hang clothes in. I am using pocket screw(with wood plugs on exposed screws) technology & glued jointery. So far this has proven to be quite strong & quick for some of my projects. All the exposed ply edges will be banded with birch veneer. I have found the pre-glued iron on works well for this type of application. I am going to use t-nuts(1/4”) & 1/4×20x1 1/4 stove bolts ( 8 sets) to attach the upper bed to the 2 mods. Keep checking back for updates & in the works pictures!

-- Bob "life is one big school & we are the students"

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#1 posted 10-06-2007 05:11 AM

Looks like a great design. Waiting to see the pictures of your creation.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 10-06-2007 01:11 PM

Have fun with the project. Do you have a drum sander for those curved bed rails? Hopefully your grandchildren are old enough so the wont fall out.

-- ~Capn Ron, workin wood is a way of life...

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#3 posted 10-06-2007 02:53 PM

Sound like you have it all planed out. Can’t wait to see it completed.

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#4 posted 10-06-2007 03:26 PM

I forgot one point I am lowering the upper mattress to the cut out ( the top of mattress even with cutout ) this gives that center riser to help stop roll outs.

-- Bob "life is one big school & we are the students"

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#5 posted 10-06-2007 03:47 PM

good idea re: side rail idea.

this is going to be awesome!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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