Loft Bed and Desk — Wood Magazine Plan

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Project by mountainaxe posted 07-24-2018 09:27 PM 2107 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last week I completed a loft bed and desk based on plans in a 2017 Wood Magazine. Took me several months working on and off to complete and tested my ability to construct a very large project in my small shop. The final product is a tank that includes stairs and fits a standard size mattress. Finished with a poly stain that looks to hold up well against my 9 year old grandson’s antics.

The project called for 11 sheets of plywood. I used maple bought at HD. Rough cut blanks outside, then final cut pieces on my table saw.

I decided to build the 4 legs first. These were first rough cut with a jig saw and final cut with a router. Pieces were glued together to double thickness…parts then screwed.

Next was to build the stairs using method similar to the legs.

The stairs turned out to be very stable and solid.

Cross pieces were also double thickness. Legs and crossbars are pulled together with counter toggles, then held fast with through bolts. This enables the unit to be knocked down for movement in future.

I used every clamp I own during this project…it’s true that you can never have enough!

These last photos show the rough assembled bed. The bed slats are oak and by and far the largest single expense in this project. Have to say that this cost much more than I expected, but was fun to build and should last forever!

-- Jeff, "The things I make may be for others, but how I make them is for me."

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#1 posted 07-24-2018 10:07 PM

Nice looking, good work. I have two to build on my “to-do” list. Granddaughters. I’m thinking these might be dorm worthy when the time comes.
on no make that three, forgot the 8 week old boy!!!

-- Alan J. Hoover, AL Keeping in mind I believe college football is only a profit center for the school.... Roll Tide!

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#2 posted 07-25-2018 01:03 AM

Nice work and as you have written built like a tank.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 07-25-2018 02:56 AM

Very Nice Project Jeff & Well Done!

-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#4 posted 07-25-2018 01:49 PM

Nice project. Thanks for all the great photos of the build process.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#5 posted 07-25-2018 06:46 PM

You did a very nice job on this bed and desk. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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