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Project by anthm27 posted 02-08-2019 05:11 AM 1798 views 0 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had two solid reasons to move forward with this project. Firstly we have some people coming to stay in our flat, they needed an extra kids bed for little Aylin from France.
At the same time Nephew Liam in the Philippines is in his second year and as I,ve mentioned before doesn’t have much. Purchasing him a bed would be way down on their list of financial priorities. So, I thought best I get on and build him one.
After I started I cast my mind back and realized I,d never built a bed before. Lots to think about.
(Yes ,assembled and repaired literally hundreds but never built one from scratch)

As I,ve mentioned before good Lumber is available in Hong Kong but at a premium price and normally has to be ordered.
I decided I,d build the bed out of readily available but rough as you like 2×1 . The Chinese here seem to use it for everything (probably because its so cheap)
I tried to select as many good pieces as I could and straightened the rest as best I could.

1) Built from very cheap 2×1 except for the blue inserts which are 1/2 inch plywood. The rails are routered out to house the ply inserts.

2) The legs and top rails are two pieces of 2×1 laminated together. And , in actual fact the Moon is 3 pieces laminated together than shaped.

3) Its constructed using 3/8 dowels (my New DowelMax Jig got a good workout. Love it) Some joints glued some not glued to allow for partial dismantling.

4) It has 4 corner brackets made form 3/4 ply and 1/4 inch through bolts.

5) Blue Paint for the inserts and Moon in the bed head, Then My standard Oil based Ronseal Decking Oil which is great for durability and has brought up the cheap lumber some what.

So, the bed will be used for guests this April and then dismantled, boxed up and shipped to the Philippines for young Liam to use well into his teens.

Very enjoyable project, oh and I got to use my New Timber Hot Brand, designed and manufactured at the Pittsburg Foundry.

I am thinking of advertising these beds to sell. Seems a big market here in Hong Kong for kids beds. (Can I be bothered with customers is the question?)

Thanks for reading
Kind Regards
Anthony

A few more Pics of the build,

Dowel construction , Laminations and glue ups

I got to use my super long pole clamps


The dining table commissioned to paint the Blue inserts and Moon

The spaced slats doweled either end with one center screw into the center mullion

Super Apprentice Lovie sitting down on the job

Job almost done,


Thanks again for viewing,
Kind Regards
Anthony

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.





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Ivan

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#1 posted 02-08-2019 05:58 AM

Nice blue ’’touch’’. Perfectly joined classic bed design -very skilled.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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robscastle

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#2 posted 02-08-2019 10:29 AM

Thats the bees knees, so to speak.

Yeah the long clamps are a bit of a worry I had to fabricate some myself, and not forgetting my 90+ buddy up the road who sold me heaps of clamps for a song.

There is a few heirlooms amongst them I can assure you, ... like Carver for instance,

... still in business, and then there is Dawn not sure of their operation, I do not know, .... however if they are still operating I can asure you they nothing like these robust units any more.

-- Regards Rob

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recycle1943

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#3 posted 02-08-2019 11:15 AM

very nice Anthony, super construction

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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anthm27

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#4 posted 02-08-2019 12:44 PM



Nice blue touch . Perfectly joined classic bed design -very skilled.

- majuvla

Thank you Ivan for your kind words, you friend are the skilled.
Thank you


very nice Anthony, super construction

- recycle1943

Thanks Dick and half way through I thought maybe I should have used better quality wood.
Hay, talking of beds , what time do you get out of your bed in the mornings,? it must be super early there in Ohio
Regards
Anth

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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anthm27

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#5 posted 02-08-2019 12:46 PM



Thats the bees knees, so to speak.

Yeah the long clamps are a bit of a worry I had to fabricate some myself, and not forgetting my 90+ buddy up the road who sold me heaps of clamps for a song.

There is a few heirlooms amongst them I can assure you, ... like Carver for instance,

... still in business, and then there is Dawn not sure of their operation, I do not know, .... however if they are still operating I can asure you they nothing like these robust units any more.

- robscastle

Cheers Rob, (bees knees, Ill take it).
I googled both Carver and Dawn clamps
seems both still available in Australia
Regards
Anthony

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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doubleDD

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#6 posted 02-08-2019 01:36 PM

Nice construction and very appealing. Building these beds may send you down a new road of adventure. Good luck Anthony.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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recycle1943

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#7 posted 02-08-2019 02:08 PM

very nice Anthony, super construction

- recycle1943

Thanks Dick and half way through I thought maybe I should have used better quality wood.
Hay, talking of beds , what time do you get out of your bed in the mornings,? it must be super early there in Ohio
Regards
Anth

- anthm27

Usually around 5AM – today it was 4AM, couldn’t sleep
btw – are you going to make it to CAK this month ?

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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swirt

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#8 posted 02-08-2019 02:11 PM

Enjoyed all the build photos. Nice work

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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pottz

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#9 posted 02-08-2019 02:21 PM

nice work love the contrast of the blue with the natural wood,great job buddy.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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GR8HUNTER

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#10 posted 02-08-2019 02:31 PM

looks to me like you have made a wonderful family heirloom to be enjoyed forever GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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Steve

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#11 posted 02-08-2019 02:55 PM

Very nice bed. My wife wants me to make one for my daughter.

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anthm27

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#12 posted 02-08-2019 07:01 PM



Very nice bed. My wife wants me to make one for my daughter.

- Steve


Thanks for the comments, let me know if I can help with sizing.
Regards Anthony

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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anthm27

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#13 posted 02-08-2019 07:11 PM



Nice construction and very appealing. Building these beds may send you down a new road of adventure. Good luck Anthony.

- doubleDD


Thanks Dave, Road of adventure, Yes somebody has to take on IKEA here in HK,
Cheers
Anth


Enjoyed all the build photos. Nice work

- swirt

Thanks Swirt for the comments, you never miss, Thank you


nice work love the contrast of the blue with the natural wood,great job buddy.

- pottz

Like wise with you Pottz, thank you, you also never miss.
Thanks again

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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anthm27

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#14 posted 02-08-2019 07:19 PM



looks to me like you have made a wonderful family heirloom to be enjoyed forever GREAT JOB :<))

- GR8HUNTER

Thanks Tony, Not sure if it will last the distance to become a Heirloom, nice thought though.
Regards
Anthony

-- There is no hope for any of us if we keep apologizing for telling the truth.

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robscastle

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#15 posted 02-08-2019 09:10 PM

Me again!

I missed something,
1.Where is the picture of the hot brand and an example of its use please.
Note;- I do not want to see it on you know who’s posterior either!
2. If the bed making pans out and from what you say it should be a marketable item, so no doubt you will need build a few as unassembled kits and assemble one as base showroom model to demonstrate its features.
Then knowing customers may want their specific mods to it like moons stas animals etc that should be a start point and field off most questions. Then as for any other questions as you get more interest you then compile a series of FAQ to deal with ongoing customers.

-- Regards Rob

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