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12-18-2020 03:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: wood bed toddler bed project

Hello all,

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I am looking for advice in making my own version of the bed pictured. I am wanting to know the best way to join the vertical boards on the sides of the bed in between the 2×3 lengths, as well as what size boards they are. I’m thinking 1×4 / 1×6. I do most of my joining with pocket holes, but I’m hoping to find a cleaner way.

I was also curious if anyone had any ideas on the angles used on the step ladder?

Any information or recommendations are greatly appreciated. It will be for my 2 year old.



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#1 posted 12-18-2020 05:04 PM

Typically, these would be mortise and tenon joints. There are a couple of ways to do it depending on your preferences, skill level, and available tools. The first would be to cut a groove in the edges of the two rails. Cut tenons to fit on the ends of the verticals. And then, after the verticals are installed or during their installation, glue some small blocks into the exposed grooves between the verticals. The second way would be to cut individual mortise and tenons for each vertical. I wouldn’t use pocket holes for this. They would work, but don’t forget, there is going to be a kid jumping, shaking, and climbing all over it. Make it strong.

To my eye, it looks like the narrow verticals ar about 3” and the wide ones are about 6”. Do a mock-up and see which dimensions and spacing looks the best to you. You might also want to look up what the recommended spacing is for kids beds. I think there are some regulations concerning this (probably for commercial products).

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#2 posted 12-18-2020 07:46 PM

Agreed. Lots of tenons and slots on that bed to be good and strong. Add the drawers as a stand alone unit to complete

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#3 posted 12-18-2020 08:41 PM

Looks to be standard m/t, though I can’t tell on the one pictured as it appears to be a mass produced item based on the evidence of screws. Mortises would be easy on this one using a router table. Tenons made on the table saw. I would not build it otherwise. Also, I would not glue in the slats. I historically don’t on bed like structures so they can expand etc.

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