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  1. #1
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    The bed

    Late last year I got started on building the bed for my granddaughter. It took me a long time to do as I am very slow. This is built out of burr oak from a tree that I had cut on my dad's place. I followed a plan from Wood Mag, but had to do a few modifications. The lumber had some twist to it and I didn't have a jointer yet. I made a fixture that I put the boards in and shimmed them so they wouldn't rock. Then I flatten the one side with a router. This was slow but got the job done. I the ripped them to have one straight edge. I planed them down too have both sides flat. Enter in another problem. Some were thinner that 3/4" by the time I got them down to flat. I ended up glueing 2 together face to face to get boards that would be thick enough. I then replaned them down to 3/4". I cut the legs and glued them together. I glued 1/16" pieces on the side so that you could not tell that the legs were 3 pieces glued together to make the heavy leg. I then had to do a bunch of mortices for the slats. I made a jig for that. I worked fairly well. I used an amber dye with an antique cherry stain and finished with a water base poly. A few pics and the granddaughter.
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    It's a wonderful bed, and worth all the time and labour you put into it. When she lays your great-granddaughter down in that same bed she will know where she came from.
    Cheers,
    Roger


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    Beautiful bed Rex your process goes to show where there is a will, there is a way great job on it and your grand daughter is a keeper

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    well done rex,, and i hope you resawed the second board to make your 3/4" thickness.. had it been me i would just took the others down thinner to match unless it was just the one.. but what you made is great and the little girl looks like she thinks so too
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    Great job on the bed Rex! So will you be making longer side boards for a larger mattress as she grows?
    Darren

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    Well done Rex!
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    Glenn it a 3-1 bed and the toddler side and side rails for a full bed are already done. I have to store them for a while as the kids have a very small house. Thank you all for your commits.

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    Beautiful job Rex
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    the bed is sweet, but your granddaughter is much sweeter,
    man o man, I wish I had a grandchild, you guys are such lucky dogs.
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