A Cedar Box Bedstead

Cedar Box Bed

A few years ago the Quimper Hittys acquired some lovely cedar boxes. I made mattresses and pillows so they could use them as beds…

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raised

…but we decided to add cotton reel legs under the boxes to lift the bed off the floor and out of the drafts!

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saw

To make the spool legs fit around the bed slats, Opal and Agathe had to get out the cross-cut saw…

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test

…and make some little notches…

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glue

…and smear glue on all the contact edges.

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Weight

Then they had to sit in the bed frame along with a piece of railway track to weight it until the glue was dry and solid.

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snooze

It felt like a real bed, but the girls were not completely satisfied…

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Lack

…there was something missing…

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Clothes pins

So we fiddled around with clothes pins…

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Cheese!

…and a cheese board…

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Perfect

…until we had a headboard, and some bedposts for Opal and Agathe to hang their shoes on for St Nicholas Day!

31 thoughts on “A Cedar Box Bedstead

    • These girls are always curious, hanging around and ready to lend a hand if there is anything that requires a hammer, saw, or messy glue. They love it when construction is going on in the Hitty cupboard!

  1. WOW! This is an absolutely awesome bed. You have a wonderful knack for seeing end results in materials used for other purposes. Truly amazing. I especially loved the twin’s saw and the repurposing of the clothespins.

  2. How could St Nicholas walk past such clever work??? These girls are so very creative…and they know exactly how to make their great ideas come true…wonder if they could also participate in scrap happy days!

    • I didn’t think of saving the project for Scrap Happy, but I do have another box bed…! The girls are happy to report that St Nicholas came to the house last night, and he did not leave any coal!!!

    • We’ve been wanting to try making a bed using the peg kind of clothes pegs next…these ones made excellent bedposts, which was all that Opal and Agathe were concerned about yesterday!

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