Child's Convertible Sleigh Bed
COVERTIBLE CHILD'S SLEIGH BED
A beautiful piece of furniture that grows with the child.

SHOP OWNER: Roberto Marquez
LOCATION:
Rio Linda, CA

    I recently completed the construction of a convertible sleigh crib for my first grandchild. It is of American cherry, designed, and constructed 100% by me. The design idea was borrowed from other beds we’ve seen. However, since none matched the quality and beauty my daughter wanted, I set out to put all my years of experience to the test.
    My design started with a magazine photo of the basic idea my daughter wanted.
Child's Convertible Sleigh Bed
    After studying how to best combine her vision with mine, I created this template that I followed during construction.
Child's Convertible Sleigh Bed
    Using scrap lumber, I constructed the headboard panel press.
Child's Convertible Sleigh Bed
    I used 8/4 material for most of the components starting with the legs.
Child's Convertible Sleigh Bed
    To save time, I band-sawed and sanded the curved slats rather than press forming.
Child's Convertible Sleigh Bed
    This is a shot of the panel after forming.
Child's Convertible Sleigh Bed
    I used standard bedrail hooks to join the components for convertibility.
Child's Convertible Sleigh Bed
    Again saving time, I chose to cut a continuous groove in the rails and insert wood fillers between the slats.
Child's Convertible Sleigh Bed
    I continually mock-up as I go.
Child's Convertible Sleigh Bed
    The curved headboard panel is grooved into the four sides for strength.
Child's Convertible Sleigh Bed
    I needed a rosette for concealing fasteners and as part of the design. I acquired used rosettes from the church pews where my daughter was married.
Child's Convertible Sleigh Bed
    This is a mock-up with full-sized rails.
Child's Convertible Sleigh Bed
    Using a router, I formed a bead around the perimeter of the components.
Child's Convertible Sleigh Bed
    The finishing process starts with a basecoat of stain.
Child's Convertible Sleigh Bed
    Next, the sanding sealer coat is applied.
Child's Convertible Sleigh Bed
    The final steps involve a tint stain and lacquer process.
Child's Convertible Sleigh Bed
    Close detail shot.
Child's Convertible Sleigh Bed
    This is the finished crib.
Child's Convertible Sleigh Bed
    Converted to a toddler bed.
Child's Convertible Sleigh Bed
    Converted to a full-size bed.
    I have approximately 150 hours in the project with material costs of $1,600. My daughter is very happy and I was able to complete it before the birth of my first grandson.
. . . Roberto Marquez






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