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My son is obsessed with fire trucks... and pirates. When it came time to think about a new bed for him, we naturally wanted to make something that would support make-believe play about both! We considered paint schemes and patterns that were more realistic, but finally decided to go with something more open-ended that he could interpret for lots of variations.

Some legal stuff: I make no claim whatsoever to the safety of this loft bed, or its ability to support children of any age or weight. It's enough to hold me and my son for bedtime story time and that's good enough for me. If you have concerns about structural stability, I encourage you to consult with an engineer and/or add supporting members as you see fit. *whew* glad that's over with :)

Step 1: Parts List

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(4) sheets 3/4" plywood - finish grade 
(4) 4"x4"x8'  fir posts
(3) 2"x4"x8" fir 
(1) quart of shellac or other non-toxic finish - optional
(2) boxes of #8 x 1.5" screws
(1) box of #8 x3" screws
(1) 1/4" x 4" standard hex bolt with 2 nuts and 5 washers
light colored wood filler putty 
composite nails (available at techshop)
180 & 120 grit sanding pads
1/4"  end mill router bit (for CNC router)
1/8" end mill router bit (for CNC router)
3/8" roundover router bit (for hand router)
3/4" bullnose router bit (for hand router) - optional
screw driver bit and 1/4" drill bit (for drill) 

Tools (all available at Techshop):
hand-held power sander  (recommend black&decker mouse)
CNC router table (recommend Shopbot PRC Alpha) 
Hand-held router 
battery powered drill / screw gun
plug-in drill / screw gun - optional
two adustable crescent wrenches

bajablue1 year ago
Excellent work!!!!
cchalmers (author)  bajablue1 year ago
wow, thanks ! (neat badge)
YVW! ;-)
Very nice, I love it!
AntonioMDC1 year ago
FYI shellac in a can is not just shellac. if you want the 100% natural product, buy shellac flakes (from a fine wood working store or internet) and dissolve them in alcohol. smell is inoffensive and short lived. the second best part is the dry flakes have a very long shelf life, only the prepared solution goes bad.
snagel2th2 years ago
Thanks a bunch. Projector is a great idea, I was just going to use a tape measure. Might try an overhead projector and transfer or print to a clear sheet. Work is crazy right now so I'm about a month out from getting started, but I will keep you posted.
snagel2th2 years ago
Nice bed I plan on making something similar. Don't have access to a cnc machine, coping saw and roto zip should suffice .. Would it be possible to get the plans in a different format like a PDF.
cchalmers (author)  snagel2th2 years ago
pdfs added to step2 :) How do you plan on transferring the pattern to the wood? projector? Let me know how it turns out!
anatofatos2 years ago
it's really beautiful, lucky kid you've got there!
LexyConroy2 years ago
very cute and very clever!