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Re: OP Loft Bed
« Reply #30 on: Dec 30, 2008, 06:23 AM »
And he said he isn't sneaky!  What's next, Scuzzy with hair?

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Re: OP Loft Bed
« Reply #31 on: Jan 02, 2009, 11:39 AM »
Nice, John.

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Re: OP Loft Bed
« Reply #32 on: Jan 02, 2009, 10:44 PM »
Nice job on the cartoon John!

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Re: OP Loft Bed
« Reply #33 on: Jan 02, 2009, 11:33 PM »
This thread is about building a loft bed, not about Kodak software. The photo is nice, but please... let's keep this on track.
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Re: OP Loft Bed
« Reply #34 on: Jan 03, 2009, 11:48 AM »
I agree with Bill, and don't think that anyone sitting at Wrigley field for that stupid outdoor hockey game and having to sit a few hundred yards away could see the puck anyway.

I suppose if there was a Saturday morning cartoon with Scuzzy and Megan building loft beds it'd be ok.  About the only thing I'll tune into now is Vegetales.  And Dragon, if we happen to catch it.  Combining Home Improvement with cartoon violence would probably get a pretty good following. 

There's no reason to air hockey, as it's a dumb sport.  Now that we have this poast returned to its true purpose, which is diagnosing Scuzzy's elbow joints that he used in constructing his bed, bath and beyond, I look forward to more photos of home projects around his home.  Perhaps a scaffolding or outdoor deck, to surround the appliances in the yard.

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Re: OP Loft Bed
« Reply #35 on: Jan 04, 2009, 12:10 PM »
The bed looks great. Are you going to paint it or perhaps a stain and some polyurethane?

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Re: OP Loft Bed
« Reply #36 on: Jan 05, 2009, 10:55 AM »
The bed will ultimately be painted, with the exception of the redwood pieces that will receive a few coats of polyurethane.

The bed has made it to a usable state, but it is not completed. I did not have time to get the X-braces up, but it's working just fine. Since I'm having to deal with computer problems, it will likely be another week or two before I can continue.

There is still a bit of work to do, but Megan used the bed last night and she is very happy. The old white headboard will eventually see a new home, and I'll be building a bookshelf for her. The finished product will include lighting, outlets, shelving, an additional guardrail, as well as a new twin XL mattress. Her old standard size twin mattress is doing the job for now.

I'm very pleased with the results so far. The bed is looking good and it has opened up a lot of floor space. The build is amazingly solid, even without the X-braces in place.

When the project is completed, I'll come back and update the photos. Expect for it to take awhile. :)

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Before


After
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Re: OP Loft Bed
« Reply #37 on: Jan 05, 2009, 11:13 AM »
Nicely done! 

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Re: OP Loft Bed
« Reply #38 on: Jan 05, 2009, 01:23 PM »
Real nice, I like the wood look and am not so sure I would paint it. But one thing I have found to make a paint job last without scuffing in a high traffic area, cabinet tops, etc. is a clear coat of water based urethane. The water based dries crystal clear so it doesn't change the paint color, but it does make a hard surface that is not as prone to scuffs and is easy to clean.
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Re: OP Loft Bed
« Reply #39 on: Jan 05, 2009, 08:25 PM »
Thanks for the advice, Pat. I never thought of putting a coat of urethane over latex paint. I can see how that would be very helpful in preserving the paint job.

I too like the wood look, but we need to have the bed match the rest of Megan's room. However, I intend to leave a natural look with the few redwood pieces. Hopefully it will have a pleasing look when it's all completed.
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Re: OP Loft Bed
« Reply #40 on: Jan 19, 2009, 08:07 PM »
More progress has been made and the bed is nearing completion. The next project will be to build some shelving, as well as steps.

I made the X-braces using my Makita router. The OP Loftbed plans called for a circular saw and a hand chisel, but I thought different.

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Setting up to cut out the lap joint for the X-braces by
using a clamp and a straight edge piece of scrap oak.


I first made a 3/4" deep cut across the 2x4
using the router with a 3/4" straight bit.


I flipped the 2x4, then washed, rinsed and repeated.


I then began cutting left to right on both sides.


I continued working my way to the center. Doing it in
this manner prevented splintering the outside edges.


The finished cut on the first 2x4.


The finished product was a nice, tight assembly.


I then used wood putty for a smooth finish.
Once painted it should look great.


The loft bed in its current state. It's hard
to get the whole thing into a single picture.
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Re: OP Loft Bed
« Reply #41 on: Jan 19, 2009, 09:37 PM »
It is looking good Scuzzy! Thanks for keeping us poasted with pictures.

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Re: OP Loft Bed
« Reply #42 on: Jan 23, 2009, 02:39 PM »
The bed is very close to completion. I just need to add some shelving. Megan and her mom will later add paint.

I spent the last 24 hrs creating my own version of some steps. The platforms are 3/4" oak.

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The 2x6s for the steps were dadoed,
glued and bolted into the supporting
2x6s. The result was 2 very solid steps.
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Re: OP Loft Bed
« Reply #43 on: Jan 23, 2009, 02:50 PM »
They're pretty creative.  And so are you.  Nicely done.

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Re: OP Loft Bed
« Reply #44 on: Jan 24, 2009, 10:45 AM »
Thanks for the nice compliment, Bill. :)

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Re: OP Loft Bed
« Reply #45 on: Jan 24, 2009, 12:37 PM »
About what... complements?

Well, I think mustard complements a hotdog.  And an elbow complements a funny bone.  I think my favorite 2x4 would be a 2x6. 

So, I was wondering.. when you "add paint" do you paint it?  Or just put paint near it?  In some proximity?  I guess paint complements furniture, and varnish can complement the paint.

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