Toddler Bed "Compromise" - I think I won!

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Project by jeff_wenz posted 02-25-2013 09:47 PM 4204 views 12 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Little man just turned 2 and it is time for a toddler bed. I google image searched “toddler bed”. I saw a lot I liked, but the one I was most intrigued with was the Oeuf bed. I liked the two tone finish and the lines of the bed rails. My wife, on the other hand was not sold on the two-tone finish. I agreed to keep an open mind after the construction was completed. When we got to the point where a decision had to be made, she said the 2 tone was “alright”. That wasn’t a resounding “yes”, but I ventured on with the design.

One thing we both knew we needed was more storage space. So I basically built a 2 drawer side-by-side storage platform and then built the rail system to attach to the top. It is attached with metal “L” brackets so the rail system could be rotated 180 degrees in case the bed was moved in the room and we wanted access while still dictating where the headboard was oriented.

The platform portion of the bed is made of plywood and poplar for the drawer fronts. It is finished with brushed on General Finishes gel stain (color: java). This matches the dresser I had built previously. I then wiped on 3 coats of General Finishes Arm-R-Seal Urethane Topcoat.

The headboard/footboard/side rails are poplar joined together with pocket screws, everything is then rounded and primed and painted. 4 confirmat screws hold the headboard and footboard to the side rails I like those screws for furniture that needs to be able to be broken down and reassembled.

Deacon has a pair of safety glasses and hearing protection, but for some reason, I didn’t have them on him for this video.

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In the “come and see your new bed” video below, you will notice the bed holds up to jumping. He also has stood in the drawers, so that answers that question, too.

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So, it is “different”. What do you guys think?

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#1 posted 02-25-2013 10:04 PM

Methinks he LIKES it!

Great job,,,, and a future woodworked there for sure.

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#2 posted 02-25-2013 10:07 PM

He loves being out in the shop with me. I decided the inconvenince of him messing with my screwdrivers (as an example) was worth the time we spent together.

-- Jeff, North Carolina

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#3 posted 02-26-2013 12:28 AM

The little man is getting so big !!!

-- It has been deemed bad for you hence there for it is illegal.

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#4 posted 02-26-2013 02:09 AM

Nice bed and a job well done. I think it’s so cool that you guys share time in the shop. Cherish that time together now and you’ll always have those memories.

By the way, if you don’t want him messing with your tools, get him his own. It works; at least it did for me. Well . . . until he turned 16 and started working on his own car. That little plastic hammer just doesn’t have the ooomph of a 32oz ball-peen hammer. :)


-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#5 posted 02-26-2013 02:31 AM

His reaction is so cool. Good job. Great project too!

-- Jay -

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#6 posted 02-26-2013 09:25 AM

Everything about it is cool. Especially the fact you involve your son in your work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 02-26-2013 02:22 PM

Nice work – thanks for sharing! Fantastic that you let him help with the construction. Plus, he learned that friction makes heat! :-)

-- Jeff, North Andover, MA

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#8 posted 02-26-2013 07:38 PM

Everything about this is awesome.

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#9 posted 02-26-2013 09:53 PM

I love it! I also love that he reaches and touches the hot bit twice….just to confirm…..all boy there! :)

-- John H. [To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk. ~Edison]

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#10 posted 02-27-2013 07:08 PM

Best help you’ll ever get

-- Jeff, eastern Wa

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#11 posted 10-29-2014 03:36 PM

really nice.

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