2nd bed for the Grandaughter; idea to reality

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Project by horky posted 02-20-2017 02:30 PM 1593 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

2nd bed for Granddaughter; idea to reality

So here is the story. With #2 on the way, #1 needs to have a new bed and depart from the crib. So, the idea was born and I was given this pic as something that would be nice.

So I started thinking. This is nice but could be outgrown and has limited flexibility. I did some sketchup work starting here.

The two end uprights are one solid glue up. The rear, side and center guard rails are glue ups, the book racks are glue ups and it all goes together with knockdown hardware. The bed can go on the left side (as shown) or the right side. Then, I thought about future growth and what additional parts would add to the overall concept. So, it can go to this:

Bunk bed on top. Reading area replaced with a hook on desk. Heck, the lower bed could be removed and the reading area remain along with the desk. All again with knockdown hardware so it can be configured for access to the bunk from either end, desk can go on left or right, etc.

Let the work begin. Bring out the white oak, mill all the parts, do the fit and finish, dry assembled, glue up, add some Minwax Classic Grey stain, coat with General Finish High Performance Top Coat, Semi-Gloss, and deliver. Here it is in it first stage.

Sorry for the rotated pics. I just cannot figure out why they do this sometimes as they are right on my computer.

Now just have to glue up, stain and finish all the top (bunk) guard rails. I have all the parts ready to go. And then make the desk. None of these parts will be needed real soon for sure.

And the best part. The wife and I delivered it while the family was out and about. Total surprise as they thought I had a week or two to go. The Granddaughter walked into the room and said … MY BED, MY BED … jumped in and started reading. And then, gave it a try. Wonderful for sure.

Thanks for looking. Now onto the dresser to go with the bedroom set.

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#1 posted 02-20-2017 05:49 PM

This is incredibly awesome. Luv everything about it. Specially like how artwork and things can be displayed and shown off all around it. Very well done. One o my fav’s for sure.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#2 posted 02-20-2017 07:11 PM

I only see one problem!

How are you eever going to equal/top theis project.

Great job and great design too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#3 posted 02-21-2017 03:02 AM

This is a great project. I think that your granddaughter will like it through her teenage years and beyond. Well done!

-- - George: Richland, Washington

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#4 posted 02-21-2017 02:05 PM

Wow! This is a great design and beautifully done; and I bet your Granddaughter absolutely loves it. Way to go Grandpa.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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