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Toddler "Big Boy" Spindle Frame Bed


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My son turned 3 and we shamefully still had him in a crib - yikes! So a trip to Home Depot for wood, a set of Ryobi Forstner bits, and some screws set up for a fun weekend project to build him a toddler floor-type bed. I used select pine 2x2x8s since it had the least warping and variation for this furniture project - even though it's a bit more expensive - and 1/2-inch dowel rods. After measuring for the correct length of the mattress I'd ordered, I set about making all the cuts and measuring for the dowel holes. I then hooked up the Ryobi Drill Press with a 1/2 Forstner bit and set the appropriate depth for the dowel holes along the rails and got to drilling. Using wood glue, I put all 3 sides of the bed together and joined the bottom rails with screws after I'd used a 3/8 Forstner bit with my cordless 18v drill to get the hole set below the wood's surface. I did the same for the top A-frame portion. Then I turned my garage into a painter's bay with plastic sheeting all around, took 3 different shades of gray from various donor cans in the basement (we have toooooo many shades of gray in our house) to make a unique color for this custom bed. I used an airless paint sprayer to apply two coats and let it set up overnight before moving up to the bedroom for assembly. I finished it off by applying 3/8 post caps to the holes made with the Forstner bits, painted them to match the bed, and after setting up the mattress and new bedding it was time for the big reveal - and seal of approval - from my toddler. He loves it!

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  • Thanks for taking the time to share the details from this awesome project! This is such a neat build!
    By RYOBI NATION, on June 19, 2018
    • Thanks! I'm just glad my kid didn't look at it and say "um, I don't like it, make something else." ;)
      By amateuratbest, on June 19, 2018
    • Haha that would never happen with a project this cool! 
      By RYOBI NATION, on June 19, 2018

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Toddler "Big Boy" Spindle Frame Bed

by amateuratbest
Jun 19, 2018
Medium aeb4fe87 6411 4d31 9816 431e0d0b38a4

My son turned 3 and we shamefully still had him in a crib - yikes! So a trip to Home Depot for wood, a set of Ryobi Forstner bits, and some screws set up for a fun weekend project to build him a toddler floor-type bed. I used select pine 2x2x8s since it had the least warping and variation for this furniture project - even though it's a bit more expensive - and 1/2-inch dowel rods. After measuring for the correct length of the mattress I'd ordered, I set about making all the cuts and measuring for the dowel holes. I then hooked up the Ryobi Drill Press with a 1/2 Forstner bit and set the appropriate depth for the dowel holes along the rails and got to drilling. Using wood glue, I put all 3 sides of the bed together and joined the bottom rails with screws after I'd used a 3/8 Forstner bit with my cordless 18v drill to get the hole set below the wood's surface. I did the same for the top A-frame portion. Then I turned my garage into a painter's bay with plastic sheeting all around, took 3 different shades of gray from various donor cans in the basement (we have toooooo many shades of gray in our house) to make a unique color for this custom bed. I used an airless paint sprayer to apply two coats and let it set up overnight before moving up to the bedroom for assembly. I finished it off by applying 3/8 post caps to the holes made with the Forstner bits, painted them to match the bed, and after setting up the mattress and new bedding it was time for the big reveal - and seal of approval - from my toddler. He loves it!