Captains Bed for Darby

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Project by jeffwedekind posted 02-14-2013 02:30 AM 3562 views 10 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a full size,yet expandable, captains bed I made for my youngest daughter.

This was a huge project, with way more parts than any previous project I have done. I started last spring just before Easter,and finished just before winter. (Slight problem, since it was for her birthday on July 1st. Yikes!) Not to mention, it was a scramble to get it all painted before the bitter cold set in.

The bed is for a full size mattress, but the drawer bases are built separately so it can expand in the future. (see the last pic) There are a total of 4 HUGE ,reinforced bottom, drawers, two of which are up against a wall, but I was planning for the future and built them in anyway. The headboard has tons of storage, and includes a reading light, and access to a power strip through the middle shelf that simply slides forward ( or removes completely).

Most of the bed is made from ply., with poplar face-frames, and edge banding where needed on the . headboard, and bases.
The drawers are 32” wide and 9” deep and made with locking rabbet joints.
I used pocket screw joinery for the face-frames.
The shelves are all made with biscuit joints.
The finish is rattle can “Rustoleum painters touch”. (I bet I went through 30 cans of paint and primer!)

The finish came out great, but was WAY more work than any other finish I’ve done. There could be absolutely NO blemishes, or they would show in the finish. I have never done so much painting, refilling, sanding, then repainting in my life. I’m not sure I would do it again.

Doing a matching built in bench seat/closet conversion that I’ll post in the near future.

Thanks for looking, and I know, I know, I need to take more “during photos”

-- Jeff, eastern Wa

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#1 posted 02-14-2013 02:36 AM

You can tell its a labor of love. Great job! I might steal this idea for my sons bed:)

-- Rob, Dallas TX

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#2 posted 02-14-2013 04:04 AM

Nice work, doubt I would have used the spray cans, but you get a “A” for supreme effort and a great end product.
I have something like this in mind for a queen size bed for the bedroom. What I need more than anythign else is “TIME”. Anyone have any idea where I can get some spare time???? (laughing) Again a nice project, congrats.

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#3 posted 02-14-2013 07:54 AM

Looks great Jeff, and thanks- doing one similar right now- your headboard get me the a-ha moment I needed.

-- Matt

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#4 posted 02-15-2013 12:42 AM

Great build, thanks for sharing

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#5 posted 02-15-2013 02:49 PM

Like the design specially the reading light and has lots of storage. Very lucky daughter!

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#6 posted 04-04-2013 05:53 PM

Great Project. Do you have the plans you used for this? Would like to make something similar in King.

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#7 posted 06-19-2015 01:48 PM

Ive only just seen this project. Exactly what I am after. As Matt1Mint asked, do you have plans for this? Thanks and well done.

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#8 posted 09-01-2018 02:08 PM

Really nice job Jeff.

I just completed a Vanity project from Rogue Engineer, and he used pre-finished plywood from Home Depot by PureBond. The Home Depot in my area didnt carry or allow it to be shipped, and I didnt think it was worth driving 50 mi to pick it up. I did contact PureBond on-line and they shipped me some pre-primed and pre-poly finished samples, and Im really sorry I didnt spend the extra $10 per 4×8 sheet and take the time to drive and get the pre-finished plywood. Its better quality than what they carry at any of the Big Box stores, and did I mention, its pre-finished!

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