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Project by Chris Davis posted 07-03-2007 01:29 PM 9741 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was built for a customer that had a bad experiance with another online furniture store. They never received their furniture. At the customers request we took lots of pictures for them to put in a scrape book, so I have lots of them. I’ll put some in this post, but more is avalible on our Current Projects link and I should have them archived for June 2007. As always we stream live video from our web site at on our Current Projects link.

This bed is interesting in a couple of ways. The bow of the boat is a toy box and what makes it interesting is curve that I have to put in it and the use of bending plywood. The bend is really a simple one, because once I made the templates (So far I’ve made templates for toddler, twin, full, and queen), I just cut out the top and bottoms using a template bit. I do an extra cutout on the top section for the toy box hole.
Cut out using templates
I attach both the top and bottom to a back with pocket screws.
Attaching top/bottom

building top

Plaining the bending ply

The Lid
The lid is one of the most difficult parts of this project. I make the base for the lid from 1/2” Baltic birch (which has been hard to find the last couple months). I use the toy box as the template by screwing the top in place and flush trimming it to the exact size of the toy box.
Flush trim the top.

The trim is cut form pine using templates that I made when I built the original one. Most of the intersection points are left long except for the front point of the bow. I attach that point together by using a biscuit and a pocket screw. Since I left the other sides long, I stack the third (back) piece of trim and mark the intersection points to give me the correct angle. It is one of those things that may be easier shown. Before I attach the trim to the 1/2” lid, I cut a rabbit on the inside for the bead board to slide in. I attach the side trim and fit each of the bead board strips.
Fitting the bead board.
I then close it off by adding the last part of the trim.

I wont show or describe building the rest of it because it is just normal cutting, ripping and shaping. This is one of those projects that you learn something new each time you build it. Either you find ways to make it better or faster.

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Damian Penney

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#1 posted 07-03-2007 03:01 PM

We’re putting together quite a fleet here on LumberJocks, good stuff :) Here’s my version.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#2 posted 07-03-2007 03:05 PM

Very nice work! Thanks for sharing your process with us. A picture is worth a thousand words.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#3 posted 07-03-2007 03:07 PM

another treasure!!!!!
great story with the photos!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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Chris Davis

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#4 posted 07-03-2007 03:43 PM

Damian, your version looks great. I used to make it with the drawers, which is way more difficult. Lots of work involved. Speaking of fleet, I once made 4 at one time and set them up in the showroom.

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#5 posted 07-03-2007 05:55 PM

Ahoy matey! Now that we have the LJ bed boats in full swing, its time to work on the real thing!

That is a great bed Chris. I liked Damian’s as well.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#6 posted 07-03-2007 05:58 PM

Neat bed. This reminds me of another post of a boat bed with the drawers made in the front of the boat.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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Bob Babcock

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#7 posted 07-03-2007 06:28 PM

Nice work…fun bed.

-- Bob

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#8 posted 07-04-2007 06:25 PM

Cute bed, that’ll make some kids day or night. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 07-05-2007 08:17 PM

Great write up on the project. You do excellent work.

-- Making sawdust is what I do best

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