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Old 06-25-2008, 07:41 AM   #1
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Hi

I'm new to this forum so I apologise if I'm posting on the wrong section etc.

My son's bed has broken so instead of buying him a new one, I thought I'd try my hand at DIY and build him one myself. I've built small things in the past, like shelves and birdhouses, however nothing this large.

I was hoping for some advice from you guys, like on what type of wood to use, and the best deals I can get on equipment?

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Hey Freddy...you might also try tossing the question over to the woodworking forum, either click on the tab above or here. As for the beds...you can go anywhere from the finest hardwood to salvaged lumber. It will most likely be harder to determine a design, it can either be simplest or extravagant. How big is the bedroom, what's your preferred style, do you want it to look like a race car, or a "typical" bed?

Rockler has a lot of plans, and hardware to fasten the rails to the head/foot board. I'm certain that a few attempts at a google search will also turn up some plans or ideas. Something like this is a great project to start with...and as you hone your skills, you will look back at this and feel proud of your new found resource.

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Thanks for the help Skippy, I'll take a look at that Rockler website.

I've not actually decided on the specific design or plans yet, as the wheels have only been in motion a couple of days, but I'll pop back on here when I've had a think about it.

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Your welcome.

One other thing....download and install google sketchup...it's a free 3D CAD program that's really quite good...if you dont' have CAD experience...don't worry it's relatively easy to learn.

I've found it really helpful, especially when starting out, to really think through the completed project before getting started, this is where the sketchup comes in. Keep your eyes wide open for the things you don't know with regards to joints, support, finishes, techniques.

A couple of other resources...Woodsmith, Wood Magazine, FineWoodworking, Plansnow (bedroom furniature plans) I built this bed for my daughter. Keep in mind that woodworking is not a task, it's a journey...you'll be frustrated at times and hopefully you'll find a near zen like experience when you gain confidence and experience.
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