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Hey all,

I just finished my son's bed frame. I chose Pine to match the dresser and bedside table I had made earlier.

I attached the upper and lower stretchers to the posts with mortise and tenon's to form a frame. I then made a smaller "frame" consisting of vertical rails and two additional stretcher's that would "fit" into the large frame. I say, "fit" because the math side of my brain must have been taking a nap while I was crunching numbers (after I already cut the mortises into the posts!) As soon as I realized my mistake and that there was going to be a 1 1/4" vertical gap, I was a bit disappointed. I came up with a few solutions. One involved shortening the head and footboards, another involved buying new lumber for the posts and the third involved adding an additional stretcher to compensate for the gap. I decided to go with the third solution. Once I decided on that, I didn't feel like adding another piece of Pine as I figured it would look a bit chunky (meaning that the Pine was already stacking up near the top). I decided to add a piece of dark contrasting wood and I just so happened to have some Jatoba lying around in my shop. I glued it to the top of the vertical rail frame and fit the assembly into the foot and headboards. I am happy with the results.

The project was finished with one coat of rubbed on Boiled Linseed Oil, Brushed on amber shellac and some wax.

The 2nd last picture is my son assisting with the finishing touches (adding the bed hardware to the rails).

The last picture is the bed all set up and my little fella hiding behind his safety rail.

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Wow that's a great bed Adam your son has to love it.
 

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Great looking bed. And if you didnt explain that you made an error I'd have thought the Jatoba was there because of the design. Really gives a fantastic horizontal accent!
 

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That looks great, and I don't see that as a mistake, that is creative genius at work. Your son seems to like it very much, good job Dad!
 

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Looks great and I agree with Tokolosi about the accent darker wood, looks like it was planned. I will be building a similar bed for my 2yr old in a few weeks and I like the safety rail idea, I never knew they existed. Thanks for sharing.
 

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Thanks for the compliments.

RockyBlue, the safety rail was purchased at Toys R' Us. They usually have them on sale for about $35 if I recall correctly. They also have a "double" version that has a rail for both sides of the bed.
 

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That is one fine bed, Zulu55.

Could you tell me the thickness of pine used? I'm a very fresh woodworker and have difficulty deciding what size/thickness of wood to use. I tend to always over-do with "make it even stronger" mentality, and the overall result is bulky.
 

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Nice!

I have those same craftsman quick clamps too. All are good except the really big ones I have, they always dont catch when tightening.

Also, under your bench, is that the old Leigh jig? I think i have the same one, found mine on craigslist.
 

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Beautiful work, and terrific creativity in making lemonade out of your design mistake lemons! And it's great that your son will grow up knowing that building things is a good way to live.
 

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Skiedra, I used 5/4 stock for everything except the posts which was 3 1/2" x 3 1/2". I ripped some stock thinner but that is the stock I used. For the top of the head and foot boards, I resawed to 1/2" on my bandsaw and flattened with my hand planes. The "caps" if you will are made from two of those 1/2" pieces so that the top piece would not have any indication of screws, etc (it has no plugs). So, the lower piece was screwed and glued to the top of the footboard. I profiled the edges of this lower piece on my table saw to 25*, then the top piece is just glued to the lower piece.

Everett1, I too am happy with my craftsman quick clamps! My biggest ones are 48" so I haven't experienced the same grip problem….thankfully! Also, you have a good eye! That is a Leigh D4 jig under there :) I also found mine on good ole' craigslist!

JohnEinNJ, I will be doing my best to show my son the satisfaction a person can get by building something with his own hands.
 

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Thanks for the details, Zulu55!

And the height of the wide planks is 6"? Or is it 8"?
 
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