Modified WoodSmith Bunk Bed magazine #38

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Project by JPWHIT posted 02-03-2011 01:41 AM 6542 views 8 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well this project began because of something that happened about 5 months ago. That is when my beautiful wife let me know that she was pregnant with child Number 3. So I was instructed to build something that would work for us. And Being that I am in the Military and the fact that I am an Instructor aboard a training base I took advantage of the fact that the base would close for the holidays and I could go home to my parents and build something there. My father has been subscribed to Wood Smith Magazine from day one (he has all the Issues) and Wood Magazine. He also has this AWESOME WOOD SHOP. So every time I get to go home and play is a bonus for me.

Ok to the Point.

I needed to build something that was light weight for when we move. Weight limitations are a bummer in the Military especially when you have wood tools. So I used Cypress that my father acquired from a local log building company.

1. The plans were modified to incorporate the arched headboard tops.
2. I also decided not to make the smaller foot boards like they called for. I instead made 4 of the taller headboards to maintain the flow and height that I was looking for.
3. Instead of the through tenons I opted not to and simply mortised the legs. I then screwed and plugged the holes so as to give it more structural integrity.
4. I added a piece of angle iron where the bed rails connect to the headboards. I still incorporated the wood dowel that the original plan called for.

PICTURES #1 Over all View of Beds. #2 Picture of the angle iron where the bed rails met the head boards. #3 Showing the curve that I incorporated. Its only 2 inches off set. #4 Signatures of myself, dad and mom. All who helped me completing this project. #5 Both of my kids Girl age (2 1/2) boy age 1yr showing how they can climb already. #6 Close up of guard rail restraining my daughter.

Thanks for looking

-- Measure once, then twice and cut only after you made sure your good. John Paul

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#1 posted 02-03-2011 02:13 AM

Very nicely done! These should last longer than the kids will be home.
Thanks for serving.

-- Allen, WA

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#2 posted 02-03-2011 02:21 AM

Nice looking bunk bed.

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#3 posted 02-03-2011 03:23 AM

Congratulation with the family growing.
Nice job.
Best thoughts,

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

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#4 posted 02-03-2011 03:55 AM

Beautiful bunkbeds! Congratulations on #3, and thank you for your service.

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#5 posted 02-04-2011 03:10 PM

Great job!! This is my next project.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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