Submitted by mkscalf on Mon, 10/17/2016 - 18:14

We love the final product, but can't say this is a beginner project! The plans aren't detailed enough for that. For instance, the only instructions on the stairs was "they are easy! just 45 degree angles" but we had to work through some strategy with them. It also didn't say how to attach the cleats just "we also attached the cleats in this step". What size screws? how many? We learned our lesson when the cleats and bedding came crashing down b/c we used 1.5 inch screws. Problem solved with 2.5 inch screws... but we sure are glad it was a soft landing.... And now I can't say I fully trust the design after watching my husband and two kids break it. However, it is sturdy enough for our 3 year old for certain! I'm glad we made it and over-all it was worth it and a great project and learning experience. Just wish the plans were made with more detail for true beginners! 

Estimated Cost
wood $100 or so. Additional supplies (screws, sand paper, stain, poly, brushes, etc was another 60-75 for us)
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used
We sanded, stained with Early American color... I don't know the brand. Finish with semi-gloss polyurethane
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