Child’s Loft Bed, Session 3 – Headboard and Footboard

My next project is a commissioned loft bed for a child.  It has a set of stairs up to the bed on one side and a slide down from the other side.  There will be drawers in the side of the stair case and the top will be draped with cloth to complete the canopy.  This project will also be featured in an upcoming issue of Canadian Woodworking.

I documented my progress live on Twitter which was useful because each update had a time stamp so followers could see the rate at which I progressed. 

Catch up on the build.  Read Session 1 & 2.


FlairWoodworks Okay, I’m getting ready to continue work on the Child’s Loft Bed. Yesterday’s Session 2 is on my blog#flairww -4:18 PM Jul 25th, 2012

josh_ulloa How are you capturing the tweets from your sessions to place into your blog?

FlairWoodworks Good ol’ copy and paste.

josh_ulloa Ok, thanks.

FlairWoodworks All the machinery in my shop is set up to work on pieces with a maximum length of ~5′ so this project is causing extra headaches. #flairww -4:30 PM Jul 25th, 2012

mitwoodworks I feel your pain! My small shop can’t handle large pieces either!

FlairWoodworks I’m going to rip these two boards into two pieces for the rails. Note the chalk lines. #flairww -4:50 PM Jul 25th, 2012

FlairWoodworks The chalk lines clearly show how the two pieces go together for the best grain alignment. #flairww -4:53 PM Jul 25th, 2012

FlairWoodworks After jointing one face (and one edge), the material is still very thick. I’ll resaw it closer to 1-1/4″.#flairww -5:06 PM Jul 25th, 2012

FlairWoodworks This is the surface left by the Laguna Tools Resaw King bandsaw blade. #flairww -5:17 PM Jul 25th, 2012

BCcraftmaster it looks good. Lets see a pic after 2 passes through the planer (cupping)

woodbard “Typical” blade pattern when pushing by hand w/out benefit of featherboards, plus uneven feed speed. DriftMaster fence?

FlairWoodworks Ah, you are very wise, Al! Yes, I’m using the DriftMaster Fence, also by Laguna, on a Laguna LT16-3000.

BCcraftmaster very nice, were there any low spots left from the resaw? 

FlairWoodworks Nothing overly obvious. I didn’t inspect it thoroughly either. A pass through the thickness planer made it flat.

BCcraftmaster I get low spots after resaw, 1/2″ wood slicer. Do I just need more tension to avoid that?

FlairWoodworks If, when you put a straight edge across the width of the resawn face, it is not flat, you need more tension. Or a sharper blade.

FlairWoodworks Ever since switching to the Shelix cutterhead, I’ve been getting snipe which I didn’t have before. #flairww -5:24 PM Jul 25th, 2012

@bltww for your jointer or planer? -5:29 PM Jul 25th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Planer. My jointer has a Shelix too, but of course the beds are adjustable.

FlairWoodworks The snipe is, however, very, very minimal. I can usually see it but I can’t always feel it. #flairww -5:24 PM Jul 25th, 2012

FlairWoodworks #Woodchat ran into #MWALive which ran into dinner, so I’m just getting back now. I’ll finish milling the headboard/footboard rails. #flairww -8:11 PM Jul 25th, 2012

FlairWoodworks At the table saw, I ripped the headboard/footboard rails to width. Now I’ll switch to a crosscut blade. #flairww -8:18 PM Jul 25th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I crosscut the rails to length. I can actually hear and feel the difference when the saw is cutting the early and late wood. #flairww -8:29 PM Jul 25th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I cut the legs to length and am going to cut the canopy posts next. I might leave this as a design feature. #flairww -8:51 PM Jul 25th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve cut the legs, canopy posts, and headboard/footboard rails to length. Now for some joinery! #flairww -9:02 PM Jul 25th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I haven’t yet had a chance to use the Domino XL. This project is the right size for the XL. #flairww -9:09 PM Jul 25th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I just discovered a hidden advantage to this style of vise – keeping stock from falling. #flairww -9:12 PM Jul 25th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Before starting joinery, I need to figure out how best to orient the legs. #flairww -9:14 PM Jul 25th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ll use 12x100mm Domino tenons. I could use either two or three in the wider headboard/footboard rail. #flairww -9:32 PM Jul 25th, 2012

Tumblewood I really need to get that ordered.

FlairWoodworks What projects do you have in mind for it?

Tumblewood Nothing in particular. I think the small one will work on the table I’m designing. But, I’ll use it at some point for sure.

Gsharptools don’t you think that cheating just a little? I’ve seen it but not used it, what’s the verdict?

FlairWoodworks Not at all.

FlairWoodworks Festool is metric but most of the scales I have are imperial. These are my two favourite metric measuring tools. #flairww -9:40 PM Jul 25th, 2012

FlairWoodworks Oh, my – this is so much nicer than using a router. #flairww -9:44 PM Jul 25th, 2012

FlairWoodworks I’ve mortised the ends of the rails and I’ll stop here for the day. #flairww -9:57 PM Jul 25th, 2012

Before I mortise the legs, I need to determine the size of the canopy rails and their placement.  That will be the next step in Session 4.

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