I just finished my first major project. It is a bed for my four year old daughter made in a shaker-esk style. The headboard and footboard are frame and panel construction with raised panels (via the Paul Seller’s method). All the joints are drawbored with the exception of the side rails, which look like through tenons, but really I just made plugs that give that appearance to cover up the bed bolts.
This was a very interesting project. All told balancing family, school and work it took almost a year to complete. It was amazing to me as well how much better and faster I got as the project went on. The difference between the footboard and the headboard was quite dramatic. Though I will probably the only one to notice the headboard went together much better.
My own daughter, who is three, was sitting on my lap when I viewed this post and the full size picture.
“That bed is cute, Daddy!” she said. And then, very matter-of-factly, “That bed is for me Daddy.”
I may be biased, but if it would be good enough for my little princess, it certainly passes muster. I’m sure your daughter must love it. Very well done!
The lumber was 2 X 8 southern yellow pine from home depot. I finished it with milk paint from The Real Milk Paint co. and pure tongue oil. I really liked the milk paint, but I am not altogether pleased with the tongue oil. It gave a pretty yellow tint to the paint. I might eventually try to fix it, but will see if it grows on me at all.
Steve, my next project is a trestle dinning table actually. I am looking very hard at the one Chris Schwarz made in 2006 for popular woodworking.
Great looking bed, josh. I’ll be interested in how your trestle table goes. I’m about to build Chris Schwartz’s table too.
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