Another Bed

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Project by EduWood posted 07-21-2008 08:52 AM 2738 views 12 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The customer for the Day Bed project I posted earlier referred me to another customer who also needed a bed. She had some particular problems. Two large sons (both are autistic) who have always shared a small bedroom. She needed something very strong that allowed for storage and versatility.

I designed a cross between a loft, trundle and bunk bed. The original thought was to set it up as an “L” (first photo). It ended up that an offset bunk bed type installation worked best. A new book case would fit under the upper bed and supply much needed storage. Instead of a ladder, I built a set of six boxes in the form of steps, for which she found perfect bins. The lower bed was made just high enough to allow under bed storage boxes to fit.

The main beds are simply spruce lumber, the bookcase is birch ply, the steps are 1” MDF. Clear finish on everything. She was very pleased with the results. My photos of the final set-up somehow didn’t turn out (how can someone screw up digital photos?). The first two photos are in my wifes’ laundry room, wait… I mean our garage…, oops, my shop. The third photo is from the customer and was taken about three weeks after it was set up.

Sure wasn’t fine furniture but a solution to a special set of problems.

-- David, O.C., California

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#1 posted 07-21-2008 01:29 PM

Nice work!

Thanks for the post


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#2 posted 07-21-2008 08:05 PM

How did you put the mdf squares together screws/ biscuts ???

I’ve got a project using mdf comming up, and was woundering what worked?

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#3 posted 07-22-2008 08:04 AM

Davion – I glued, clamped and used a nail gun to drive finish nails. The position of the nails was not seen. Good luck with your project! I’ve used MDF a little and treat it like any other sheet goods. It is heavy but on a project like the steps I wanted that weight for added stability.

-- David, O.C., California

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#4 posted 09-27-2008 01:44 PM

Looks great and very useful, great job!
I use MDF almost weekly. It is a very good material and I have found that dado’s and MDF go together very well.

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#5 posted 02-22-2009 04:51 AM

Nice work!

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