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Star Wars AT-AT Imperial Walker Loft Bed

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This is a loft bed I made for my son that resembles an AT-AT Imperial Walker.
I searched the Internet and found scale models, cakes, legos, baby strollers and costumes resembling an AT-AT, but never found a bed that resembled an AT-AT. So I made one.
Since it is made from materials readily available at Home Depot or Lowe's, I thought I would post a video/slide show of photos I took during the build process.

Hopefully this will be helpful to someone else who might be considering a Star Wars project for their young jedi!

May the force be with you!

Updated 7/26/2009:
First I would like to say thanks for viewing the video and posting such wonderful comments.
I had no idea it would generate this much interest. Many, many thanks indeed!

I would also like to acknowledge John Williams and his orchestra for the powerful Star Wars theme music.

Second, you have my sincere apology for including the galacticly-incorrect transformer bedding. This anomaly will be vanquished in Episode 2.
For the record, I have also personally apologized to Lord Vader for giving him the wrong light saber. My son knew it was the wrong color, but I didn’t think anyone would notice

And for those viewers wanting to be adopted, regretfully I must say no. The household budget is maxed out. Do you realize how much it costs to feed a young, growing Sith Lord?! If you are still serious about wanting to be adopted, maybe you should talk to Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie. I hear they are expanding their brood.

In response to some of the more serious viewer’s questions, here are a few more details about the project:

The City Museum referenced in the opening crawl is located in downtown St. Louis, Missouri. Link: http://www.citymuseum.org

As far as prior experience, I have built a wooden swing set from a Home Depot kit and used foam for making Halloween props for my lawn. But that's pretty much it. I'm not a carpenter or special effects guy or something of that nature.

From start to fully operation AT-AT, the project took about six weeks. The basic frame is just a typical college loft bed that can be built in a few days. But figuring out the leg and body panel dimensions took some trial & error. I used cardboard mockups first, before making a single cut. After that, most of my time was spent sanding, painting, sanding again and painting again to give a smooth, splinter-free finish.

Stenciling of the body panels, undercarriage and legs was done with Sharpie markers of various widths. It was much faster than painting and permanent too.

How did I get it out of the basement? George Lucas offered to come over with a chainsaw, but I declined. Seriously, I made it to be assembled and disassembled in pieces, just like a college loft bed. Permanent pieces are screwed together, then those pieces bolted together to form the frame. Then the body panels are bolted to the frame. The legs are just plywood facades, so they are just fastened to the frame with screws. Mounting the head to the body was a dilemma solved by the local plumbing expert at Lowe's. She suggested fastening a threaded cap to the body panel and an adapter fitting to that. This adapter is threaded on one end for the cap and receives regular pipe or adapters on the other end. That way the neck piece could easily slip right onto the non-threaded end of the adapter.

For finishing the sculpted foam head, I used Foam Putty, made by Woodland Scenics. I found it at a local Hobby Lobby store. It helped fill in the gaps and smooth out the bumps. It goes on like cake icing or lightweight spackle. When it dries, it has the consistency of foam and is easily sanded smooth. Never used the stuff before, but it worked great. It's made for model railroad enthusiasts, who build their own scenery. The head itself is constructed using the pink Owens Corning Foamular insulation board from Home Depot. I just cut pieces and layered them. The pieces are bonded together with 77 spray adhesive by 3M, which is formulated not to deteriorate the foam. It too can be found at craft and hardware stores.

Hope the tidbits help those considering their own AT-AT project. Would love to see another AT-AT posted!

Thanks once again!
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Oh my good god, This is the most amazing thing i have ever seen! I would love to know how to make it for myself, I am an 18 year old kid.. who still likes things meant for little kids haha. im a huge Star wars fan! <3

May the force be with you!

Na7ive 8 months ago
You sir, are a genius.
DJCoopes1 year ago
AWESOMEST THING I HAVE EVER SEEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Hey, By the way, can you make one out of cardboard
how do you make that! if you have any exact instructions we would love to have them! my brother would LOVE that bed!
Do you have bluprints or know where I can get some my 8 yr old really loves this bed and I want to make for him.
Thanks!! I had my 9 year old grandson do a sketch of his ultimate bed before we started to search for bunkbed ideas. When we show your video, we almost died -- the profile of your design was almost identical to what he wanted. Thanks for the inspiration and concept on how to do it !!
leeski2 years ago
Greetings. I just showed your video of this project to my 6 year old son and this is what he has to say about it: I wanna build one. it is really cool that you can go inside of it. Looks like I now have a project ahead of me.
agibbs32 years ago
I just had to say that is awesome! I would totally do this for my son if I was any good at carpentry, and unfortunately my husband doesn't "get" Star Wars enough to want to build something like this.
That is by far the coolest thing I have ever seen. I think I might have to somehow block this though so my son could never see it!!! You ever want to get rid of that or build another, let me know.. LOL. It is awesome, that took some great thought and some serious craftiness! You Rock!
mgreco13 years ago
Great Job!
jdevisser3 years ago
The most incredible bed I've ever seen. I've been a rabid Star Wars fan since 1977, and I'm sure that had I harassed my father enough, I could have had one just like it!! Very nice work, now you have me thinking about a full-sized, adult version of it for my own house!!
szraccoon3 years ago
This is the most amazing thing i have ever seen in my entire life. You = My hero. I cant wait to build one as a playscape in the back yard thank you.
next do an at-st dresser
tinker2343 years ago
wow i would love this in my home hey could i use fiberglass on the outside to thicken it up a bit make it more chunky
dbkalyn3 years ago
That is just awesome. The details using the pvc was over the top. most wouldnt even think that necessary. 5 stars to yo my friend.
velorna3 years ago
Love this very creative.... I am the same way, when you can't find it, build it yourself...
juz4kix3 years ago
That was inspiring! Your a good father and an example to others what a good father should be. Your son is a very lucky boy. I hope he enjoys his loft.
that is sooo cool!
NEXT PROJECT-
-Add lights to the ends of fte guns
-Add a controol box to make the lights liglt up
-Make bins for under the bed and a trunk above for toys
That was so frickin' awesome. My son and I thoroughly enjoy seeing what you've done.
Shintoryu14 years ago
YOU ROCK!!! Great job. Something that might be cool, add some LEDs to it for some night lights/ambient look.
bgepp14 years ago
bow bow - I am not worthy!
geckojb4 years ago
Our family has decided to build an AT-AT bed for our son.  Actually my son's grandfather is taking up the project.  Please feel free to follow our progress through our blog.  www.ourpadawans.blogspot.com.

We want to thank the original designer for his inspiration. While we originally set out to design a totally different vehicle we couldn't find one that adapted to a bed as well as the AT-AT.
those legs are super duper realistic i hope the rest of the bed follows along tha same lines.
Thanks. Grampa got a new job a few months ago and has taken a break from the bed. I think it's time to nudge him.
What a show-off your dad is. 7 routers...Still, very cool. I'm sure that Jack will love it.
anibioman4 years ago
you are now the best dad ever in your sons eyes
scooter765 years ago
5/5 brilliant. Death Star play room next?
How about a Death Star Treehouse?
That's no moon! It's a treehouse!
Cracknel4 years ago
This video contains content from Sony Music Entertainment, who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds. :(
well good then dont report it so we can enjoy it
BEST FREAKING DAD EVER
kmpres4 years ago
Very nice indeed!  The closest I got to such a thing was a college loft bed I made with some used lumber a few years before the Star Wars movies came out.  It served a different purpose than intergalactic conquest, though!  Kudos on the ability to disassemble and erect it in a different place.  Always a good idea, as, I'm sure, your son will outgrow the AT-AT someday.  Also, great job on the video.  How did you do the opening dialog, may I ask?
I have no idea who would ever outgrow a bed a bed that looks like an AT-AT. I would still love one of those. :P
manutea4 years ago
That's cool !!

thanx for sharing this
liftcadet4 years ago
awesome project.
You get my vote as dad of the year!
jasonkala4 years ago
Very cool. Please check out my progress as well. I plan to go big and detailed. Thanks for the inspiration. And check out my 9' toddler speeder bed too.

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That's a HUGE bed. The landspeeder bed is cool too. How did you make the jets?
 I'm 21 and... I want one. My wife won't let me though :( I guess I'll just have to get busy and make a little boy, raise him on star wars and then build a bed 'for him'.
LOL!!!
Well I think this bed fits into almost everyone's dream somewhere.
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