Chi Omega Dorm Room #2: Prototype 1

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Blog entry by Chris Davis posted 06-09-2009 01:28 PM 1807 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The Plan Part 2 of Chi Omega Dorm Room series Part 3: Bunk Prototypes »

Like I said in the last blog, I don’t usually make prototypes. But since there will be so many, I wanted to work out as many unforeseen details as I could. I did finish up the first one of the three styles. This is the largest group with 10 beds.

After building this first one, I only found a couple thing I wanted to change. First I inset the drawers under the platform about 2” on each side. After getting it set up, I feel it would look better with only a ¾” inset of the drawers. This would keep the drawer frame against the verticals on the head board. Also the hardwood caps on the verticals have a routered edge. I think I want to do a smaller round-over or just break the edges over. The radius was too large and didn’t look right making the transaction to the square vertical. Luckily they are doweled on there and dry-fitted.

Here is the raw video of the headboard being built:

Here is some pictures of what I have so far:
Completed prototype.

Next I’ll be working on the two styles of bunk beds. Originally all seven would be the same, but I found a conflict with the size and called the customer and okayed a change.

One of the bunks will have a headboard like the single bed, to keep with the style. The other will be a bookcase design. They will share the same style of footboard which will be just a plywood panel capped with maple hardwood.

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#1 posted 06-09-2009 01:47 PM

Hey Chris, good storage design and adaptable for student needs.

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#2 posted 06-09-2009 02:12 PM

A really cool project and it looks like you have your prototype zeroed in. Dang you do good work!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#3 posted 06-10-2009 01:40 AM

Good start to the project. Looking forward to the rest of the story.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#4 posted 06-10-2009 09:30 AM

A good job, can I get info about the project belong to you, Chris?

-- Galuh, Jakarta,

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