Boat Bed

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Blog series by Chris Davis updated 05-02-2009 05:09 PM 5 parts 18731 reads 6 comments total

Part 1: The Plan

04-24-2009 02:20 PM by Chris Davis | 3 comments »

I am about to start on a boat bed. This is one that I’ve built several times. This one is a little different. The customer doesn’t have room for the foot (Bow) of the bed so I am making it as a stand alone toybox that can be pushed up to the foot of the bed when they have room. Also the customer wanted to add portholes down the side. I’ll have 3 on each side. Instead of the trundle there will be three drawers. I will also build a 5 drawer chest and a 2 drawer nightsta...

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Part 2: Headboard and siderails

04-27-2009 02:28 PM by Chris Davis | 0 comments »

I didn’t make as much progress as I wanted on my boat bed. Trying to get a few other bed ready to ship has slowed me down a little. I did get the headboard and side rails finished. The head board is design that I usually reserve for my painted version but I decided to start using it on the oak and maple versions also. It is basically a bookcase headboard with the sides slanted back a little. I cut port holes in the sides and smaller holes across the top. I built it with remova...

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Part 3: Bow footboard Toy box

04-29-2009 01:47 PM by Chris Davis | 2 comments »

I worked on the bow of the boat bed. This is a design that I came up with. You may have seen them with drawers in the bow, but I find those not very practical. Because of the shape the drawers must be a triangle shaped. Because of that they can’t hold much stuff. My design has been to use it as a toy box. I first cut the shape of the bottom. I now have templates. The top is the same shape but with a cutout, to make a face frame of sorts. I attach both of them to a back board using p...

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Part 4: The Finish

04-30-2009 04:03 PM by Chris Davis | 0 comments »

It is now time to finish the custom boat bed. The customer picked two colors form a Minwax brochure: Harvest Grain and Cinnamon. Since I can’t find anyone to mix these for me we mixed them ourselves. The Harvest Grain is a kind of white wash stain to lighten the color of the oak. Since it is a two tone color, All parts that are different colors on the same part won’t be assembled until after the staining. This will save time on taping parts off and will be a cleaner look. ...

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Part 5: Final assembly

05-02-2009 05:09 PM by Chris Davis | 1 comment »

The finish is dry and all that is left is the final assembly. Now these many pieces have to be put together. The side rails had to have the brackets placed and the portholes attached. The toy box had to have the lid mounted, cleats put on and wheels added to the bottom. The headboard had the lights installed with the switch and the back tact on. I cut 9 slats for this bed since it will take just a mattress only. I ripped a 1×12 down in thirds (about 3 5/8”). As soon as I get it...

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