Shaker style toddler bed

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Project by Joe Watson posted 04-04-2010 06:36 AM 3091 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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my wife wanted to get our daughter out of her baby bed and into a toddler bed soon and after looking at a couple i told her i would build one and went about designing a shaker style bed. went to Home Depot and rummaged through the cut off bin and about six to seven dollars later I had all the wood I needed to make the headboard posts rails and matress supports. used more hand tools on this project i cut the shoulder and used a chisel to remove the waste i marked out with a marking guage. the grain might have been little too wavy for that but i got it done. I to clean the cheeks up using a new plane i tuned up, my Stanley 75 bull nose rabbet plane. used chisels and fostner bits to do the mortises. also the slight curve on the tops of the headboard and footboard i cut with a jig saw and refined with a spokeshave. to connect the rails i used dowels for alignment and screws that go into the ends of the bed for strength. used my millers falls 17 to knock corners off all the wood so corners wouldn’t be sharp.

i stained it with a minwax cherry after using thin shellac to help keep the stain from blotching. wanted to get a consistent color since their was at least two different woods in this bed. i know part was doug fir and the other SPF and not sure what the other wood was. finished of with shellac.

my wife insisted on the safety rail near the headboard but i would have rather not have put it on. the bed to me looks better with out it. shes the boss so there it is. i guess its a good thing she wont roll out of the bed right there.

My daughter was excited to see the bed. I think she has wanted to be in a real bed since the last time she was sick we put her in our bed for the night or two she was sick. of course the first thing like any other toddler she jumps on it. now the trick is keeping her there.

-- Got Wood?

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#1 posted 04-04-2010 07:02 AM

Great bed Joe

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#2 posted 04-04-2010 07:18 AM

Nice job… and resourceful too.

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#3 posted 04-04-2010 07:29 AM

Nothin wrong with that Joe. Looks great.

-- Darell, Norman, Ok.

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#4 posted 04-04-2010 09:31 AM

Looks great. I’m sure your daughter will appreciate the shaker bed and the fact she has a spring mattress instead of one stuffed with straw like the shakers.

-- "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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#5 posted 04-04-2010 04:09 PM

ha ha woodeye yeah thats why i labeled it shaker “style” don’t think she could sleep very well on straw.

-- Got Wood?

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#6 posted 04-05-2010 02:54 AM

Nice job. I like the style and savings too !

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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#7 posted 04-09-2010 12:15 AM

how do you fit you and your wife in there ;)
another great job man!

-- ---ray suppan--- anger + woodworking = -finger AHHHHHHHH!!!!

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#8 posted 05-19-2010 01:45 PM

Another great project. You have really been busy. I looked at your projects page and was very impressed with the tables.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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