Boys Bed

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Project by Shawn LaFleur posted 05-21-2015 09:58 PM 2036 views 16 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Boys bed frame. Built out of birch ply and construction 2×6. Head board is on a 5 degree angle to make it easier to lean on and read books. Installed RGB LED tape lights with a 42 button remote. Brackets used to break down bed are purchased from LeeValley. I like it because I can’t stub my toes on any leg and the lights show the way through the landmine of plastic dinosaurs and Legos. He is a pretty happy boy.

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#1 posted 05-21-2015 11:06 PM

What a cool bed, I like the lighting. What boy wouldnt think that is cool. bed looks rock solid to boot. Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 05-22-2015 12:44 AM

Very cool build, really like the lights and the way the supports are located away from the edge of the bed

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

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#3 posted 05-22-2015 03:32 PM

Nice build. He must love it. Looks solid and I like the recess for the slats. Thanks for sharing.

-- Drew -- "The greatest wealth is health".

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#4 posted 05-22-2015 04:06 PM

Really like the design and the lights make it “over the top”. My grandson is going to love this!
Thanks for posting!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#5 posted 05-24-2015 03:26 AM

Shawn- I’ve been studying this for a few days getting ready to attempt something similar for my grandson. I’m curious as to how you cut the notches in the 2×6 for the slats?
There are several ways that come to mind and I’m not excited about any of them!
A radial arm saw with a dado blade might be the best answer but I don’t own a RAS…???
Can you supply some insight as to the best way to proceed?

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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Shawn LaFleur

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#6 posted 05-24-2015 02:25 PM

I thought of using a router but I only have a trim router. So I went with a dado stack on the table saw. I bolted on a longer mitre fence and moved my out feed table to the side of my table saw so the 80” boards could be supported. It worked very well and only took maybe 10min to cut all the notches. The wood whisperer did something similar but he used a key on his fence. I tried that but couldnt get it accurate enough.

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#7 posted 07-10-2015 04:10 PM

Wow, that is a great design. In a few years when my toddler is ready for a regular human sized bed I will be “borrowing” some of your design here. Fantastic job!

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