Red Oak Twin Bed

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Project by Vindex posted 10-08-2020 04:34 AM 837 views 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built a twin bed for my 8 year old son out of red oak. The bed is based on Jeff Miller’s “First Bed” design in his book, Beds. The major change I made was to use double tenons (with the top tenon glued and the bottom one floating) to attach the headboard panel to the posts (Miller’s plans called for a single, unglued, shallow tenon that is held to each post with a single screw). I also decided to make the headboard taller so that my son can sit back against it while reading in bed. I finished it with 2 coats of Varathane classic red oak stain, 2 coats of dark walnut danish oil, and 3 coats of Arm-R-Seal. Overall, I’m pretty happy with how it turned out, and my son loves the bed!

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#1 posted 10-08-2020 05:00 AM

The best Dad!!! Looks awesome.

-- John, Sunshine Coast, BC, Canada.

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#2 posted 10-08-2020 11:50 PM

Good looking bed. Might check out that book.

-- Rick M,

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#3 posted 10-30-2020 12:49 PM

I like it. Simple, clean lines. I’m sure your son will enjoy it for years to come.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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