danbell78

Bunk Bed Build

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This will be my first attempt at a Project Journal.  Hopefully you can learn something from it and I can learn something from you as well.

 

So the project is a set of bunk bed for my 5, almost 6 year old twin daughters.  Wife and I bounced between simple and complex ideas and landed on something somewhere in between I would say.  Probably more complex then needed, but should be a pretty fun build.  Here is the image that is inspiring the design.  I am not a Sketchup or other modeling software user, so hand drawn plans on paper is my method.  (I spend all day at work in front of a computer, and worked my way out of modelling there (engineering) so I don't want to spend my free time doing that!).  Changes from the picture (Ana White...) and the actual design is that I will be using all solid maple, so the head/foot boards will be real slats instead of slated nailed to plywood.  I am also removing the drawers and just going with a bookcase style on that end.  The other end will be configured as a little desk area.  

Wood was milled ~1 year ago and has been drying in the basement since. As I started into the stack I checked a few boards and they read either same or lower then any other boards in my shop, so I think it is dry enough.  

Step 1 was to go through and get the bulk of it sorted a bit for size/straightness and then ripped on the bad saw down to under 6" so I could run it across the joiner.  

By the end of the day I had found the 4 longest pieces I needed and got them worked down S3S and ready to be the rails.  

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I am way past needing bunkbeds in my house, even for grand kids but I am certainly going to follow this.

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i'm in for this one, i like the detailed drawings, absolutely needed on a project of that size. i will come clean and admit i bought bunk beds for the grandkids, just for when they stay at our house so it's not like a heirloom like yours are going to be, great start sir!

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Got a quick work session in last night and got the top and bottom rails for head and foot boards down to S3S.  Still a little clean up on a couple, but the dust collector was full and I didn't want to mess with that at the end of the night.  Started the night with an empty bag on the dust collector,  hour and a half, and 8 4ft rails later it was full!  

Last picture shows the long side rails, resting on the lumber rack.   

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Spray it with a shellac before the WB it'll be just as fast and easy but will add some warmth or you could try endurovar for the first coat.

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On the shellac first coat recommendation, I have a HVLP set up, but have never sprayed shellac.  Is it OK to spray shellac with a made shift spray booth and my furnace blower air filter set up?  or would you recommend brushing on that coat of shellac? Thanks

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Spray it. Shellac is alcohol based so there is a flammability risk. Don't really know the details of your spray setup so it's hard to say. If your concerned about it i apply a lot of shellac with a cotton rag.

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38 minutes ago, danbell78 said:

On the shellac first coat recommendation, I have a HVLP set up, but have never sprayed shellac.  Is it OK to spray shellac with a made shift spray booth and my furnace blower air filter set up?  or would you recommend brushing on that coat of shellac? Thanks

I generally spray my shellac just outside my garage on the driveway. Never have had any issues with it.

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