Toddler Bed

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Project by Scott Wigginton posted 02-24-2008 05:36 PM 7918 views 3 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first woodworking project was to build my daughter a toddler bed back in December of 2006. All I had was a circular saw and a cordless drill, but I managed to borrow a neighbors miter saw. With no knowledge of woodworking or jointery I found a simple plan online using dimensional lumber and plywood to make her bed. The jointery is a mix of 3” screws and some long finishing screws.

I finished it with a spray primer and some interior latex paint.

It is a bit overbuilt (it’ll support multiple adults no problem, and was heavy to move around). For a first time experience it came out rather well thanks to its simple construction, and my daughter loves it.

-- Scott

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 02-24-2008 05:44 PM

Hi Scott,

This is a nice looking bed.

I want to disagree with you about 1 thing though- I keep my two grandsons (3 and 4) during the day and from my experience you can’t overbuild furniture. They can be rough on things. But maybe this is inherent with just boys. Your daughter looks like an angel and this is something that she can pass on to her children.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 02-24-2008 07:12 PM

Adorable bed for an adorable child. I agree, you can never overbuild anything for children. (just don’t use pressure treated lumber for indoor projects)

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#3 posted 02-25-2008 03:54 AM

What a cute kid. Oh, and the bed’s good too.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 01-18-2010 05:31 AM

Awesome; I am now in the planning phase for a toddler bed for my daughter. I hope she loves hers as much as your daughter loves the one you built.

-- I enjoy designing not assembling.

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#5 posted 01-18-2010 05:33 AM

What a grade A cutie she deserves a nice bed.


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#6 posted 05-27-2010 09:32 PM

Well, you built that bed to either handle the abuse of a child, or a nuclear bomb… Both apply about the same amount of force…

Seriously though… Great work on the bed, and congrats on the daughter!

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#7 posted 05-27-2010 11:40 PM

It looks a heck of a lot more sturdy than the piece of crap my son has broken and I have repaired about a dozen times.

-- San Diego, CA

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#8 posted 11-20-2012 10:08 PM

Hey Scott, this is an awesome bed as are all your projects, brought tears to my eyes of my love for my daughter now 24, wish i had been into woodworking when she was small. Your daughter is very happy in this picture as she should be. As seen in her smile, she is saying,’’ My Daddy made me this bed, i am so proud of my Daddy ’’.
On this web site, l see beautiful woodworking projects done for a hobby, many is for their incomes pays the bills. But best projects l enjoy viewing are those made by mom’s and dad’s for their children that is so beautiful.
Thanks for sharing scott.

-- jim

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