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Mission Style Doll’s Bed


CamScott53
CamScott53
CamScott53
CamScott53

My three-year-old Granddaughter has always liked looking through an old Mission Furniture book we have that was published in 1910 by Frederick J. Drake & Company, Chicago.

The other day she brought me the book opened to a picture and told me she wanted a bed like the one in the picture for her doll. (The picture was actually a bench, but it would look like a bed to anyone nowadays.) Her fourth birthday coming up, I thought I’d build her one. A great project for my Ryobi benchtop band saw.

I drew up a plan based on a 20 inch mattress length and 10 inch width.

I had some old white oak flooring I thought I’d use for the mission theme. Once the tongue and groove are ripped off you’re left with about a 1.5 x 1inch “board.”

I ripped some 1/4” thick boards for sides, ends, foot and headboards. An extra 1/4” length is added for the tenons. Slats for the head and footboards are a half inch wide with 1/4” extra for tennons.

Then I ran through some nice beefy pieces about an inch square for the four posts and cut them to 10 and six inch pairs.

Next I ripped some 20x1/4” square oak for the mattress board support.

I cut tenons on the ends of all the frame pieces on the bandsaw. Cut one end first then measure for finished lengths and cut the other ends.

I marked each post for the mortises, then clamped a straight edge on my drill press so I could use a 3/16 drill to rout out the rail and headboard mortises.

For the vertical slats I used the same setup with a 1/8” drill.

I dry-assembled all the parts to make sure they fit (a carving knife with a narrow blade is good for mini-chiseling) then glued and clamped the head and footboards together. Next glued and clamped the rails. Glued 1/4” supports to the bottom of the rails.

I cut a 20x10 inch mattress board from some 1/4 plywood with a nice maple veneer using my Ryobi 5.5” circular saw.

Finally, sanded, oiled, and Varathaned, I handed the project over to my wife for sheets and pillows.

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  • Awesome work! We know your granddaughter loves her new doll bed!
    By RYOBI Nation, on October 15, 2019

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Mission Style Doll’s Bed

by CamScott53
Sep 25, 2019
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My three-year-old Granddaughter has always liked looking through an old Mission Furniture book we have that was published in 1910 by Frederick J. Drake & Company, Chicago. The other day she brought me the book opened to a picture and told me she wanted a bed like the one in the picture for her doll. (The picture was actually a bench, but it would look like a bed to anyone nowadays.) Her fourth birthday coming up, I thought I’d build her one. A great project for my Ryobi benchtop band saw. I drew up a plan based on a 20 inch mattress length and 10 inch width. I had some old white oak flooring I thought I’d use for the mission theme. Once the tongue and groove are ripped off you’re left with about a 1.5 x 1inch “board.” I ripped some 1/4” thick boards for sides, ends, foot and headboards. An extra 1/4” length is added for the tenons. Slats for the head and footboards are a half inch wide with 1/4” extra for tennons. Then I ran through some nice beefy pieces about an inch square for the four posts and cut them to 10 and six inch pairs. Next I ripped some 20x1/4” square oak for the mattress board support. I cut tenons on the ends of all the frame pieces on the bandsaw. Cut one end first then measure for finished lengths and cut the other ends. I marked each post for the mortises, then clamped a straight edge on my drill press so I could use a 3/16 drill to rout out the rail and headboard mortises. For the vertical slats I used the same setup with a 1/8” drill. I dry-assembled all the parts to make sure they fit (a carving knife with a narrow blade is good for mini-chiseling) then glued and clamped the head and footboards together. Next glued and clamped the rails. Glued 1/4” supports to the bottom of the rails. I cut a 20x10 inch mattress board from some 1/4 plywood with a nice maple veneer using my Ryobi 5.5” circular saw. Finally, sanded, oiled, and Varathaned, I handed the project over to my wife for sheets and pillows.