FIRE TRUCK TODDLER BED
Toddler "theme" bed (crib mattress size 28x54), My 4 year old and 7 years old grandsons helped develop the theme for their little brother Thomas (2 years old) by searching Google and Bing images. They specified sterling wheel, working lights, siren and a flashing light and of course it had to be red. Mom required that the bed be low to the floor, not be too big (POP tends to oversize projects), easy to get in and out, and that mom or dad could control the "sound & light options". I used some general images from the net but most were twin size beds formats. I used a recycled crib spring foundation and built the bed so that it could be assembled 400 miles away. The steering wheel is a Goodwill find(old computer game), the radiator grill is an old oven broiler pan, the electronics are boat and trailer lights and lenses converted to LED, 12 volt DC transformers, lawn tractor key ignition switch, two tone siren with momentary switches, a cannibalized toy fire truck siren/sound effect circuit board, all the electrics are built into the front end (8" bump out), A parental on/off switch is hidden above the front bumper and requires a "Q" tip inserted into the decorative surface washers. All of the frame was made using 1/2" & 3/4" furniture grade plywood, the wheels are "cheap" hand truck tires filled with foam, then cut in half with a plywood backer, the tire was stapled to the back circle (wheels are not supportive, they hide plywood bed feet). the bed consists of two side pieces, a rear end frame, a front end frame, a front control end with bumper, and a top light bar. Each piece interlocks and is connected with metal insert nuts and furniture bolts, I also used metal angle braces that bolt to the wood frame (every piece had to easy to assemble), All the low voltage wiring is channeled through the frame with color coded connectors where each piece interlocks. The electronics alone consumed about half the material costs and time.