Bunk beds

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Project by captkerk posted 09-23-2009 05:15 AM 3209 views 16 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these bunk beds earlier this summer for my nieces. They are very similar in construction to the beds I made for my girls with the headboard/footboard panels being the difference. My daughters’ beds are glued up board that look like T&G, and the nieces’ beds are plywood panels with battens.

These can be set up as twin beds as well, and I prepped a bunch of fence tops as finials. The beds will be painted so the bad side of the plywood won’t matter. My fee for the job was a new PC 890 fixed/plunge combo router. We both feel like we got a good deal, and I didn’t even have to do the painting!

The model is my son, Joe. He’s probably gonna want bunk beds now, too.

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#1 posted 09-23-2009 05:25 AM

Hey Capt
very nice bed set looks great and cute little Joe too.

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#2 posted 09-23-2009 05:34 AM

this is great…i need to make some for my girls…so this is going in my favorites!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#3 posted 09-23-2009 05:49 AM

One of these days I’ll get some pics of my daughters’ beds’ pink and purple paint job.

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#4 posted 09-23-2009 05:53 AM

Great Lookin Bed Kids Love Bunk Beds

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#5 posted 09-23-2009 06:44 AM

Terrific looking bunk beds, I like the size of the corner posts. It has a very clean, yet solid look to it.

-- Craig, Springfield Ohio

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#6 posted 09-23-2009 04:19 PM

Nice beds. Do they come apart and make 2 single beds or is that just a trim around the posts?

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

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#7 posted 09-23-2009 06:09 PM

Sweet beds. I miss having them as a kid. I tried to convince my wife to put them in our bedroom but she wouldn’t go for it (probably because I wasn’t going to let her have the top bunk.)

-- "When your only tool is a hammer, all your problems start looking like nails." Abraham Maslow

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#8 posted 09-23-2009 08:14 PM

Looks great! I will need to make one of these in a year so. Are the corner posts solid, or was that addressed in the thread from the previous set you made?

-- Doug, WA

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#9 posted 09-25-2009 01:05 AM

The bunk beds do come apart and form twin beds. That was actually how I came to make these in the first place. When our first daughter was getting kicked out of the crib by the arrival of number 2, I decided to build a bed. This was one of my first woodworking projects. I made it as a twin, but used hardware to be able to make it into bunk beds if I were to build another twin. So when the boy came along and kicked number 2 out of the crib, I made another twin bed to match the first and had them set up as twins; one painted in pinks, and the other in purples. Once I made these bunk beds for my sister in law, my girls wanted their beds converted into bunk beds too. I kinda like them better as twins.

The posts are solid pine. When I made my first one, I was able to find un-treated pine 4×4 posts and used them for the bed posts. When I made all the rest, I had to glue three 2×6 boards together to make 4×4 posts. If I hadn’t already made the first one out of solid pine posts, I may have done the posts differently. Especially if they were made of hardwood.

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#10 posted 10-15-2009 06:45 PM

At first I was worried that you compromised the strenght of the rail when you notched in a goove for the ladder. Then on second thought I realized that you notched the ladder, not the rail. Done so well I could hardly tell.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#11 posted 04-22-2014 11:56 PM

Nice, how did you attach the rungs of the ladder?

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#12 posted 04-23-2014 04:21 AM

I routed open-ended mortises in the ladder rails to accept the steps. I squared-up the mortises with a chisel. No screws, just glue.

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