How to make kid's bunks
How to make kid's bunk beds
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
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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Step 10: Nut guards and screw caps
Make some nut guards. In this context a nut guard is basically a small piece of plywood or MDF board, made to surround a nut and thus help prevent possible injury to a kid who scrapes against a nut or bolt protruding from a bunk rail.
Cut a few pieces of 5/16" (9mm) thick MDF board or plywood about 2 1/4" (55mm) x 2 1/4" (55mm) square.
Stack the pieces on top of one another and lock in between some pieces of wood held by clamps. (See picture.)
This enables the pieces to be held firmly in place while being drilled.
Drill the center hole 1" (25mm) diameter and make the four screw holes near the corners 1/8" (3mm) or screw shank size.
Fix (glue and screw) the nut guards around every bolt that could cause injury to skin if scraped against.
Next pop screw caps over the screw heads.
Finally, sand any sharp corners or edges, see who you can find in the family to help with the painting and have a look at 'a few bunk bed safety guidelines' on the next page.