John Deere Tractor Bunk Bed Build Along Project


I receive many frequent request for where I found the plans for this bed, so I’m including the link http://woodgears.ca/bed/bunk_bed/tractor.html

On the site, you’ll find a link to both his plans, a cutlist and a downloadable Sketchup model of the bed. I hope that helps everyone out.


The load of lumber is here and ready to go. We’ll start tomorrow afternoon.

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Here we’re beginning to cut the 4 side boards, 2 for each upper and lower bunk:

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20121205-210437.jpg These last 3 photos show 2 varieties of hand planes: the larger is a jack plane for smoothing long boards like these side boards and the smaller one with the red handle is a block plane, used for touch up of small areas after using the larger plane.

These small pieces are to hold the bed slats into place, 22 per bed, 44 total. 20121207-151520.jpg

Here are the slat holders being clamped while the glue holding them in place dries. 20121208-132129.jpg Here is one set of side rails with the slat holders in place and ready for the next sequence in the build: the end rails. 20121208-133401.jpg

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Bottom bunk almost done

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All 4 corner post have been cut and are partially assembled. Once the glue dries, we’ll start the assembly by putting the top and bottom bunks to the corner post and standing the unit up.

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Here we’re attaching the legs to the upper and lower bunks.

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And here it is standing up. I’ll point out that due to space limitations in my shop restricting how far back I can move to take a photo, that even though they look as if they’re splayed apart, the 4 corner posts are all standing straight, square and parallel to each other

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Safety rails are built and installed on the top bunk.

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Working on the ladder/grill.

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The ladder/grill is complete. In the next day or so, I will make the cab and be all done with assembling the bed, and then it on to the sanding!

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Test fit for pieces of the cab.

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And we’re done with the main body!

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Here we’re using a large compass to outline the wheels. This particular one is the front wheel. I have to use a larger, handmade compass to lay out the larger rear wheel.

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Here we are with the wheels attached, complete at last! After sanding, it’ll be disassembled for the trip to Collin’s house 🙂

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The truck being loaded for the trip to Collin’s house!

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Here it is after being reassembled and painted in its new home, Collin’s room!

IMG_1034And here is the look on his face the first time he saw the bed, priceless.

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Here is Collin, along with sister Bella, trying out the new bed.

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14 Responses to John Deere Tractor Bunk Bed Build Along Project

  1. Brooke says:

    Thats a lot of little pieces, do the get bolted down or are the just loose?

  2. Brooke says:

    Wow Dad, this looks so amazing! Collin is going to love this so much. You’ve worked very hard on it, and it just looks so incredible! Way to go!

    • rangersteve says:

      I’m glad you like it, it’s been a fun project. It weighs a ton! But it should be pretty indestructible. I’ll make the cab either today or tmw and the wheels too. Then it’ll be time to sand it and then take it apart and load it in the truck.

  3. dean nates says:

    do you have amaterial or cut list,love it for my grantson

    • Lone Star says:

      Hi there,

      Here is where I found the original information:

      There are links on that page that show a material and cut list for a standard bunk bed, but with the ladder on the side. Following his lead, I moved the ladder to the foot of the bed to incorporate into the tractor “grille”. I used his measurements, just moved it around is all. The hardest part was the cab and wheels as there are no directions or cut list. I just eyeballed it for the cab measurements. For the wheels, I used the measurement of the front wheel of a Ford Focus and for the rear I used a wheel size from a Dodge Durango. It’s just what I had in my driveway to model after and they came out fairly proportionate to one another.

      I hope that helps,
      Steve

      • vern says:

        looking for a cut list can you tell where the original information is at ,thank you

      • Lone Star says:

        Howdy,
        Here is where I found the original information:

        http://woodgears.ca/bed/bunk_bed/tractor.html

        There are links on that page that show a material and cut list for a standard bunk bed, but with the ladder on the side. Following his lead, I moved the ladder to the foot of the bed to incorporate into the tractor “grille”. I used his measurements, just moved it around is all. The hardest part was the cab and wheels as there are no directions or cut list. I just eyeballed it for the cab measurements. For the wheels, I used the measurement of the front wheel of a Ford Focus and for the rear I used a wheel size from a Dodge Durango. It’s just what I had in my driveway to model after and they came out fairly proportionate to one another.

        I hope that helps, but please feel free to ask any other questions you’d like,
        Steve

  4. Julie says:

    Thanks for sharing this on your blog, Steve! The bed looks great and your grandson looks so happy, 🙂

  5. CAROL says:

    I THINK THIS IS THE COOLEST EVER….WE ARE A JOHN DEERE FAMILY…SO OF COURSE WE THINK IT’S AWSOME
    THANKS FOR SHARING

  6. Sarah says:

    Is there any way you could send me the measurements and plans for this bed… I’m a single mom and would love to do this for my son! … I jut would need exact plans! I would appreciate it so much!! Thanks!

    -Sarah

    • Lone Star says:

      Hi there,

      Please check back on my site and at the top of the page for the tractor build, I’ve placed a link for the plans. I hope that helps and good luck with your project, it was certainly a lot of fun when I built it.

      Thanks,
      Steve

  7. cathy griffin says:

    can you please let us know the plan on what the size of broads and how many of what

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