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How to make kid's bunks

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How to make kid's bunk beds

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Page Contents
1: Introduction
2: Identifying the parts
3: About measurements, bunk size, mattress
4: Materials, Cutting list for the beds
5: Materials, Cutting list for the bunk ends
6: PLANS - the bed
7: PLANS - the bunk ends
8: PLANS - the ladder

9:   Making the bed - base and ends  you are on this page
10: Making the bed - ends and side guardrail
11: Making the bunk ends and ladder
12: Assembling the bunk and adding the ladder
13: Finishing - nut guards and screw caps
14: Safety guidelines - must read
15: Safety guidelines continued - must read
16: User Photos/Comments
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bed base for bunks Step 1: Make the bed base

Cut all the pieces according to the measurements given in the cutting list on page 4.

base for a kids bed
Glue and screw the two slat supports (f) to the two side rails (a).
Screw about every 8"(200mm) apart and pre-drill the screw holes through the slat supports (f).

Place the side rails apart on a couple of sawhorses and spread the bed slats (g) along the top of the slat supports, allowing approximately 2" (50mm) gap between each slat.
Glue and screw the slats to the slat supports. Use two screws at each end of every slat.
Pre-drill the screw holes through the slats (g).

how to make up the bed ends Step 2: Make the bed ends

how to assemble the bed ends
Round the top ends of the legs with a jig-saw, sander or other suitable tool. Refer to drawing above.

Lay the legs (e) on edge on a couple of sawhorses.

Place the end rail (c) and the end guardrail (d) in position on top of the legs and glue and screw them in place.

Use two screws at each end of both the rail and the guardrail.
Pre-drill the screw holes through both the rail and the guardrail.

Note 1: Ensure that the rail and guardrail are at right angles (square) to the legs.
Note 2: Ensure that the distance in between the two legs is the same as the overall width of the bed base.

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