My First Project - Lukes Bed

Submitted by dabb03 on Sat, 10/11/2014 - 13:38

I made this bed for my son Luke's for 4th birthday. This project was a first for me and I loved doing it. I modified the stairs as I wasn't crazy about how shallow the steps were and how high the rise was. I have 4 stairs instead of 3 and they stick out about 4 inches from the front of the bed. The bottom step is a small toy box and the top 3 are all drawers. I also added a slide. The slide design was the biggest challenge as I couldn't find a set of plans that I liked. I ended up tracing the shape from an outdoor playset that we have. I then created a template and used a router to cut 1/4" grooves into the left and right hand sides. With help, We slid a 1/8" of wood into the grooves. The wood was from home depot, slick on one side. I think it was a Hardboard tempered panel, but I don't remember for sure. The entire project probably took 60-70 hours. The bed itself was about 30-35. The other time was the stairs with drawers and the slide. A good chunk of the remaining time was spent in planning and figuring out the slide and adjusting the drawers. This being my first project, I spent a lot of time just figuring things out. I had never used a router before. I had never drilled pocket holes before. This project opened my eyes to a whole new world.

Estimated Cost
$650
Estimated Time Investment
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used
We used stain and "Candy Sticks" The Candy Sticks are giant stickers that photographers use for interesting backgrounds.
Recommended Skill Level
Beginner

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