Toddler bed

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Project by natrous posted 10-13-2010 02:48 PM 2679 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After a year of lurking and learning on this site, it was time for a bed for my youngest.

I needed something quick that didn’t require tons of skills I haven’t yet developed, or she’d be too big before I got it done. I stumbled across a toddler bed plan on that I liked the look of, and which I used for basic dimensions and design. Those plans were too simplistic even for me, so I modified them in a couple ways – I can take it apart, I chamferd the panels in the head-board and foot-board to give them some definition, and set said panels into dados instead of just running them behind the top/bottom.

Everything is pine, except the rails. Everything looked so little when it was in pieces, I was a bit concerned at the strength of little pine rails and thought poplar might be stronger. Pine would hold kids for sure, but I knew I’d be sitting there reading stories, so I opted up. Unnecessary?

I wasn’t happy at all with the various HD latex paints I’d used on the radiator covers I made, but LJ forums steered me to SW. So, primed then painted with Sherman-Williams oil-based Pro Classic, ‘Downy’ (although it looks pretty white unless you hold a piece of paper next to it). So far, I’m much happier with the paint, so thanks!

I was pleasantly surprised how sturdy it came out – strong enough to hold me without any creaks or wobbling (Although I can’t say I’d enjoy sleeping there with my legs dangling over the edge at the knees!)

Hopefully it will hold up for a couple years at least. So far, no crayons/markers/pencils/stickers have found their way onto it, but I know it’s only a matter of time!

-- I do not like work even when someone else does it. - Mark Twain

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#1 posted 10-13-2010 04:17 PM

Cute little bed. Nice job!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 10-13-2010 06:35 PM

Nicely designed and well built bed.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#3 posted 10-13-2010 06:44 PM

You made a wonderful bed, for a lucky little daughter!
Send her a sweet good night,
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#4 posted 10-13-2010 09:39 PM

Good looikng bed. Very nicely done. Seems like someone is very happy with her bed. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 01-30-2011 03:52 AM

Nice looking bed! I stumbled across that same plan on that website and plan on building it as my next project.

-- Brian in Leesburg, GA

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