Jess and I decided to each make Abby a present for Christmas this year. After seeing this bed at Ikea and utilizing a little of my brilliant reverse engineering, I came up with a design. Here I have ripped some poplar planks into the widths I needed, then used my miter saw to cut them to length.
My scroll saw made quick work of the bed posts giving me the rounded top I wanted. I clamped them all together before using my sander so they would all come out nice and even.
I have a really cool table saw that lets me mount my router, basically converting it into a router table. I was able to pass each board through the router to give every piece a nice rounded edge. I have all the pieces ready to go. Now on to assembly.
Just for fun I decided use a biscuit joiner to assemble everything. I have never used one before and couldn’t think of a better project for it. Borrowing the saw itself from my Dad, it made cutting the biscuit holes themselves very easy.
I found a sheet of 1/8″ finished wood in my shop left over from remodelling our kitchen so I ran it through my table saw a couple of times to make myself a bottom for the bed. Nice and easy, just a few brads from my brad gun.
As luck would have it, Abby got a doll of Madeline from her favorite books from Santa. Throw in a quilt and pillows from Great Grandma Betty and Abby has herself a bed.