Lilly and Olivia's Bed

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Project by lew posted 07-02-2014 01:53 AM 2411 views 7 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A couple of months ago, I was asked to build a set of bunk beds for the little girls next door. We started with a design that Mom and Dad liked (second pix). I used Sketchup to create my version and to get a fairly accurate cut list.

This was going to be the largest furniture project I’ve ever attempted and it had to be built in sub-assemblies to be able to fit it up the basement steps.

The entire unit is made from Red Oak and Red Oak plywood. The finish is clear poly. I used bed hardware from Woodcraft and drawer hardware from CS Hardware. The stair/drawer assembly is bolted to the bed to make a stable structure. I ended up redesigning the safety rails to be more like the photo, rather than the Sketchup drawing and added partial lower safety rails, too.

As you can see from the first picture, we have very happy customers.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#1 posted 07-02-2014 02:27 AM

Lew A great job.

You got plans for the shore this summer?

We’ve got MDWW out picnic July 20th

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 07-02-2014 02:28 AM

Wow, that is great, drawers in the steps also. Who would have thought…... Great work! Thanks for sharing


-- For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. John 3:16

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#3 posted 07-02-2014 02:59 AM

Looks like a wonderful job Lew. Very nicely done.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#4 posted 07-02-2014 03:15 AM

That’s quite the project. Looks like you did well – the customers are happy!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 07-02-2014 03:27 AM

I really like that bunk bed, with the stairs instead of a ladder, and I can see the girls like it too!

Nice job Lew!

-- "It's fine in practise but it will never work in theory"

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#6 posted 07-02-2014 03:36 AM

Very nice!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#7 posted 07-02-2014 03:45 AM

wow lew, that is one project that spells fun for two little girls, i bet they fell in love with it instantly…i do have a question but will pm you on that…if i could make just fun bunk beds, i could be set, i made a bed for my youngest son, but he doesnt have it now and he is in alaska…a job very well done…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#8 posted 07-02-2014 05:45 AM

Great build, yes they are happy

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 07-02-2014 09:34 AM

Beautiful job on this. It looks absolutely perfect. Great build and you are right…those are some happy customers.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#10 posted 07-02-2014 11:23 AM

Beautiful! You made a new heirloom.

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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#11 posted 07-02-2014 12:06 PM

If I was a kid I would love to sleep in that.
It is hard building for neighbors, you will live with that too. But this is really well done.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#12 posted 07-02-2014 12:08 PM

great work.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#13 posted 07-02-2014 01:32 PM

Very nicely built! These girls are already having a blast with their new domain!

You are a prize of a wood worker and friend!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#14 posted 07-02-2014 01:37 PM

Wonderful job lew !
That was a lot of work.
But, based on those two cute smiles, I’d say your “clients” were very happy with the results !
Great job buddy !

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#15 posted 07-02-2014 02:33 PM

The design is efficient, the build looks perfect, and the finish is very uniform with a lively tone that should make the room warm and cheery. Nice work!!! Bet that project took over your workshop for awhile, no room for anything else.

Here in La Conner for a brief vacation. Just finishing up my modular torsion box work bench. It is a slow pace due to the short amount of time we are here.

Hope you are having a good summer, and may the hurricanes remain in their lair…..........

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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