3 beds, 2 weeks

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Project by nurvreck posted 08-05-2011 04:32 AM 2603 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Around the middle of July, the wife came to me and said she wanted to get some new beds for the boys. After looking for a while, she found a set that she liked. Then deciding she didn’t feel like spending the money on something I could build for less, she asked if I could make them. The only issue for me is that she wanted them by the end of the month.

At that time, I had 12 days to build 3 beds. To save time, I decided to buy some 1 by pine and 2×4’s at a big box store. After cutting all the boards to length and laminating the legs, I sanded them and conditioned and pre-stained all the boards with minwax red mahogany stain. This project gave me the perfect excuse to buy a new tool, the dowelmax.

I definitely would not have made my deadline if it weren’t for that bad boy. Yes, it was pricy, but WELL worth it! Attaching the laminated legs to the head and footboards was done in about 15 min each (not including glue time). Every time I used it, the one thing that would always go through my head was that one infomercial, “set it and forget it”, I mean that’s how easy it was.

Once everything had a day or two to set, I put the bed hardware (from woodcraft) on, set them up and sprayed a coat of sealer and a couple coats of lacquer. What you see here are the end results of lots of long hours in the nasty FL humidity, but well worth it. I even made my deadline by having them complete on July 31st and as you can tell, the boys (and wife) love them. Thanks for looking.

-- Dan, SSgt/USMC, Yuma, AZ

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#1 posted 08-05-2011 04:53 AM

Nicely done, they look great. Your customers seem pretty happy.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#2 posted 08-05-2011 05:10 AM

No fair! Cute kids make all projects look good. :-)

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

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#3 posted 08-05-2011 11:43 AM

Well done! Cute little ones as well.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 08-05-2011 01:30 PM

Great job Dan. I’m getting ready to make my little one a bed also. Love the expressions on their faces. Makes the effort all worthwhile doesn’t it? :)

-- Chris ~~Who controls the past controls the future. Who controls the present controls the past."

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#5 posted 08-05-2011 02:19 PM

Good stuff Dan! Ain’t nothing like a project like this for the ones we love… As you can see… Its written all over their faces… Big smiles!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 08-05-2011 02:50 PM

Have they survived the ultimate strength test yet….....the flying leap from the top of the dresser?

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#7 posted 08-05-2011 02:56 PM

Nice work!! Looks like a couple of happy customers. I start a set of bunk beds for my grand daughters next week.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#8 posted 08-05-2011 03:13 PM

Thanks for the comments guys. I know everyone thinks that they have the cutiest kids, but I’ve gotta say mine have got to be up there on the cute chart.

@Mike – I almost guarantee that by this weekend, one of them will take a leap from at least the footboard if not the little dresser next to the youngest ones bed to “test the strength”

-- Dan, SSgt/USMC, Yuma, AZ

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#9 posted 08-06-2011 05:32 PM

Wow Dan, Happy wife, happy kids, NEW TOOLS!!!!.............Life is good! Nice project. Thanks for sharing.

-- Doug

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