Bunk Beds

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Project by lobro4 posted 05-16-2012 09:46 PM 2231 views 3 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A rearrangement of our kids’ bedrooms (as well as planning for the future) called for bunk beds. Two sets in fact. That basically meant 4 twin beds and box store beds would not do. For those who are wondering, this is a lot of wood and a large project. The project is all solid oak—no plywood. I wanted to be sure there was no sway in the finished product so I used bedrail hardware AND bed bolts. in the second picture, you can see the buttons that are covering the bolt access. I bought and stained up extra buttons for future use. In the end they are all solid as a rock. Who knows in the future if they will become separated twin beds? The legs are laminated form 4/4 material with a veneer on the outside face to hide the glue up. Straightforward frame and panel headboards. Mortise and tenon joinery on the rails of the headboards. I thought the ladders would be simple but when making the stiles I once again was reminded that mirror images are not necessarily identical. Gads. Custom made for my best customer—my wife. The kids think they’re pretty cool too for use a castle or a fort and yesterday they were a spaceship! Who knew I was so talented? The oak was all sanded to 120. Stain was Minwax Jacobean. Topcoat of spray lacquer done by a local finishing shop that has done lots of work for me in the past. The bedrail hardware and ladder hooks are from Rockler and the bed bolts are from Horton Brass. Thanks for looking and sleep tight kids.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#1 posted 05-16-2012 11:47 PM

You did an excellent job on the bunk bends, they look great

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 05-17-2012 01:38 AM

Looks like your hard work paid off! I love the look that the dark finish gives the oak. Great job.

-- Tyler- Montandon, PA ------ "It aint broke, it just needs fixed!"

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