Hello all of you out there,
This is my first time posting and most likely not my last by far. I would like to start with a thank you to the folks that run this forum and all the contributors. I have already gleaned an incredible amount of information from you.
I am a 32 year old hobby woodworker that is just starting out. I have a circular saw from my grandfather (at least 30 year old B&D) and a newly acquired Delta CMS, a jig saw, and a B&D router with practically no bits. My resources are minimal but I just want to build all sorts stuff.
This leads me to my first post. My sister wants me to build a bed for my nephew. Very simple, just need to screw and glue the parts together. Because this is my first post I will try like heck to post a picture. Better yet Iíll give you the link.
This will be designed for a crib mattress. Unlike the picture it will not have a wood finish, just paint. My main question is.
1. Do I just make this out of ĺ MDF and use big dowels for the legs and mattress stops?
My construction method will be as follows
1. Have the BORG cut the MDF to size for me (I donít cut to straight with a 30 year old saw.)
2. Drill through the dowel centers as best I can. Counter sink screws through the MDF into the dowels and glue.
3. Fill holes with putty, caulk any joints and paint.
Will this be strong enough for a 2.5 year old to jump around on? Will the dowels just eventually give way to the pressure of movement? Iíll have to put a center dowel to stop bowing in the MDF.
Any help would be greatly appreciated. I have reading up on woodworking for the past year and quite familiar with the majority of the terms and lingo, and Iíll always just ask a question if I have one.