Bed (Red Oak)

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Project by RexMcKinnon posted 08-27-2009 04:26 PM 3180 views 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bed I made for my daughter. One of the problems with my house is I do not have a guest room so I wanted to make a double bed for my daughter with a single bed under. I first thought about bunk beds but decided I did not like the idea. Now when family comes over they can sleep in the double bed and put their kids in the single below and my daughter get to camp out in mommy’s and daddy’s room in her portable Dora bed. The bed is air dried red oak I got from a saw mill. Between this project and my last project is when I discovered this site and others like TheWoodWhisperer. Seeing all this stuff really made me want to up my game. I did the design myself but subconciously I am sure I was inspired by someone else’s work. I am very happy with the outcome. There are some mistakes as I was trying to rush to get it done for christams 08 but when I realized it was not going to happen I slowed down and finally it was done in February 09. I know where the mistakes are and I think I will be able to avoid them in future projects so I leave room for new mistakes. Always have to leave room for improvement. ;-)

Purchased; Delta 6” jointer, Dewalt 13” planer, Ridgid belt/spindle sander, craftman 10” bandsaw, bunch of clamps. Space is a big issue for me so almost everything has to be benchtop. I first bought a craftman 6” benchtop jointer. Looked like a good machine but I stripped the thread in a scew hole in the fence, then I broke one of the cheap plastic handles for adjustments. No big deal, retap the threads and get a new handle. Did dome test cuts and saw the blades were off so I was about to adjust and I snapped off the first bolt trying to remove it. That was the last straw. I returned it and bought a delta floor model. The extra bed length makes a huge difference and the assebly and adjustments were easy.

Lots of firsts in this project; Milling raw wood, working with hardwood, 96 mortise and tenons (done with drill press and squared with chisel), finger joints, first major glueup… Almost everything was new.

Finish; 3 coats of shellac.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#1 posted 08-27-2009 04:40 PM

The bed came out very nice but your daughter makes it look beautiful.

Congrats on the project.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#2 posted 08-27-2009 04:44 PM

Thanks, that’s very kind of you.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#3 posted 08-27-2009 04:51 PM

Nice craftsmanship Rex! Thanks for sharing! Welcome to Lumberjocks! Lots of friends with lots of talent!

I look forward to more of your projects and posts.

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

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#4 posted 08-27-2009 05:43 PM

oh how precious—- your daughter AND the bed!
what a great idea to have the double/pull-out combo.

Love that first picture… your little angel had a long day.

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

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#5 posted 08-27-2009 05:43 PM

Thanks for the comments and the welcome. It’s hard to keep the projects flowing becasue I spend so much time here. ;-)

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#6 posted 08-27-2009 05:45 PM

Nice work.

But, if you don’t mind… I’d like to pass on some info about making baby “cribs”... there are certain safety standards that should be followed. For a “crib” there can be no decorative cut outs in the head and foot boards. Spacing of slats in side rails should be no greater than 2 3/8 inch I think… I didn’t look this up. I’m recalling from a past question or something. So, is it a crib or a baby bed? I have no idea how to determine when the child is old enough not worry about the crib specs… So, I’m just passing this on for food for thought. I think Consumer Product Safety Commission is responsible for the “crib” standards…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#7 posted 08-27-2009 06:02 PM

Thanks for the info dustyal. It is actually a double bed with an adult matress (since it has e sides i guess the proper term would be a day bed) that she can use for the rest of her life is she wants. I hope it will stay together that long. I know what you mean about the standards though. The slats are all 2 inches and the heart cutout is about the size of my fist. I think these standards exist because it happens that children get their head caught in the stranges places. They can always get in but not out. I kep the spacing at 2 inches for this reason and I have already checked the heart cutout. My daughter being almost 3 years old could never get caught in it. My son on the other hand is 5 months old but he can’t walk yet and does not sleep in this bed and is never in it without supervision. I’ll make something for him when he is older and out of his store bought crib.

I actually thought about making my children’s cribs but becasue of the safety concerns, regulations and my lack of knowledge of them is what made me change my mind.

Thanks for your concern though. Another reason I joind this site. People always look out for the other members.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#8 posted 08-27-2009 07:26 PM

Great job, My brother’s son is expecting their first and he is going to build a baby bed. If there are plans for this, would you tell me where to find them. I would like to get them for my brother.

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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#9 posted 08-27-2009 08:19 PM

Hey Stanley, it is a full size double bed with a full size single bed under. I push the single bed back all the way to the wall and it gives me room to put a row of baskets in front for storage. I can see how people are mistaking it for a crib since many cribs today convert to this type of bed but still use the crib mattress. I have plans which I drew by hand. I have a rough cut list also. If you really want it I would be glad to scan it and e-mail them to you. PM me your e-mail address if you are still interested. The final plans don’t exactly match the final product but are very close. Also for a crib see dustyal’s post above and my response to that. It might raise some concerns.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#10 posted 10-04-2009 08:36 AM

nice craftsmanship, and your first picture looks like the little one is happy with it.

-- Professional Toothpick maker

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#11 posted 10-05-2009 06:56 PM

Cute addition.
The bed is nice also.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#12 posted 10-06-2009 02:38 AM

Yes she was happy. I think something new helped the transition from crib to bed.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#13 posted 10-06-2009 02:45 AM

sweet bed for a sweetie.


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#14 posted 12-30-2011 06:30 PM

Very cool. Great design!

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