Pallet style platform bed for daughter #3

  • Advertise with us
Project by Mainiac Matt posted 02-02-2018 03:18 AM 2393 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built hope chests for my first two daughters, but #3 sent me a picture of a pallet bed that she saw on Pinterest that she liked and asked if I would make her that instead. So I modeled it up in SolidWorks and went back and forth with her until I got “design approval”.

Pretty simple build of all 1x White Pine. It’s modular with the base split down the middle lengthwise and spliced together with full length deck boards at each end and the head board attached with T-nuts. This way I could get it up our U-shaped stairway.

I prefinished all the boards before assembly… and boy were there a lot of them.

She wanted the bed to match the trim in her bedroom, which is very labor intensive…
>Sand to 220
>seal with General Finishes water based Natural stain (works well for blotch control)
>Stain with two coats of General Finishes water based Pecan
>Two coats of Min-Wax water based Poly Acrylic, applied with a foam brush.

She changed her mind about the integral milk crate style night stand, so until she decides how she wants that, I’m calling it done.

She likes it a lot, but I can’t say this was a fun project, as the finishing was very arduous and I had Pine boards in various states of completion drying all over the shop for what seemed like forever.

Thanks for looking.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

14 comments so far

View Monte Pittman's profile

Monte Pittman

30629 posts in 3497 days

#1 posted 02-02-2018 03:21 AM

But your customer is very happy. That’s the best part. Great job sir.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

View lightcs1776's profile


4269 posts in 2813 days

#2 posted 02-02-2018 03:22 AM

Looking great, my friend. You have some really blessed children.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

View firefighterontheside's profile


21453 posts in 3016 days

#3 posted 02-02-2018 03:33 AM

Bravo, Matt! As long as she’s happy…...

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

View Bobsboxes's profile


1672 posts in 3823 days

#4 posted 02-02-2018 04:03 AM

Very nice, happy daughter=happy life.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

View Festus56's profile


4281 posts in 2387 days

#5 posted 02-02-2018 04:24 AM

Great Job Matt, She has her own designed bed and made by a special guy !!

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

View CFrye's profile


11329 posts in 2999 days

#6 posted 02-02-2018 06:51 AM

Looks like a perfect finish, Matt! Ah, to be young and able to rise easily from such a close-to-the-floor-level…

-- God bless, Candy

View Jerry's profile


3488 posts in 2808 days

#7 posted 02-02-2018 08:03 AM

Really great Matt!

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

View mudflap4869's profile


2130 posts in 2618 days

#8 posted 02-02-2018 08:11 AM

Looks cute, and the bed is also nice.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

View helluvawreck's profile


32122 posts in 4026 days

#9 posted 02-02-2018 03:41 PM

This is a very nice looking bed. Congratulations!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

View diverlloyd's profile


4147 posts in 3017 days

#10 posted 02-02-2018 05:10 PM

Turned out very nice.

View rhybeka's profile


5061 posts in 4281 days

#11 posted 02-02-2018 05:54 PM

nice job, Matt! Can understand why you are glad to be done – finishing isn’t my favorite part but I’m getting better! Sounds like a lot of work to get the perfect color :)

-- Beka/Becky - aspiring jill of all trades, still learning to not read the directions.

View Richard's profile


11310 posts in 4192 days

#12 posted 02-02-2018 08:21 PM

Very Nice & Well Done! Congrats on The Top Three!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

View Don Broussard's profile

Don Broussard

4049 posts in 3411 days

#13 posted 02-02-2018 08:42 PM

Very nice, Matt! Another happy client is a good thing. Is that a twin mattress on a king frame? I’m thinking she’s going to want that integral night stand—I like that idea, BTW.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

View Mean_Dean's profile


7057 posts in 4307 days

#14 posted 02-03-2018 11:06 PM

Turned out very well, Matt! And it’s always nice to have a happy customer…..!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics