I love building custom furniture. However, it’s rare that I get orders for custom builds. These bunk beds were built for Peach Creek Ranch, a wedding an event venue serving the area.
It’s no secret that I post videos to Youtube, but Youtube is also where I go to learn new skills and gather inspiration. Jay Bates is one of the Youtube Woodworkers I really enjoy following. His projects are well thought out, not overly complicated, and he uses materials that everyone reasonably has access to. I used his plans for my bunkbeds.
I modified his EXCELLENT plans to squeeze a double “L” shaped bunk bed into the space available. I was downright scarred about halfway through thinking that it wasn’t going to fit. (I forgot to allow for the posts, and the thickness of the baseboards, but with a few modifications it all fit).
Dimensional lumber is cheap and easy to get. I spent an hour at Home Depot digging through the pile to find the best boards. Furniture built with 2x lumber seems “blocky” to me so I planed it all down to 1 1/4″ thick and ripped it a little narrower. 2×4’s and 2×6’s can be quite beautiful after 3 passes through a thickness planner. This made six bags full of shavings.
I tried to use my shop vac but ended up rigging a box and drop cloth up to catch all the shavings.
This project was a lot of fun. And the couple I worked for are some great people. If you live in the Brazos Valley and would like custom furniture or built-ins made contact me.