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So, you'd like to build your own Lori Wall Bed?
Allow me to explain this project to you as accurately as I can:
One of the first questions you may ask yourself is, "Do I have the necessary skill?" This is a good question. I believe, that patience, attentiveness, determination and a sense of humor may easily compensate for the the lack of years training as a carpenter. I was not a skilled/trained carpenter when I built my prototype in the guest bedroom of our condo on the fourth floor (I do not suggest doing all of your sawing and sanding in the bedroom as I did - I'm just painting a picture for you). After establishing the basic structure and function of what I immediately called a Lori Wall Bed, I went on to build over 90 units by hand over the next year and a half.
It is important that you understand that the measurements I give are exact, and even a 16th of an inch of inaccuracy can create problems for you.
Also, perfect 90º angles are very important. If you can handle these two basic rules, and not be too hard on yourself when you make a mistake and have to go back to the store to buy more wood, then this project may be something you can tackle and achieve success.
Folks have been creating their own Lori Wall Beds for a few years now using only the plans that I have wrtten and illustrated. As of June, 2013, I have begun offering an instructional video and a hardware kit for those who would like them. I did not create the video because I was asked to, rather, I just thought one should be available for individuals who would benefit from more visual aids. Also, the video shows some "advanced" techniques, like routing the edges. I noticed that no one was routing the edges of their shelves like I do because I didn't present these details in the instructions. There is a reason why I didn't: I didn't want people to think that if they didn't have a router or didn't know what one was or how to use one, then they couldn't make the bed exactly as it needed to be. I assumed that folks that had the tools would add ther own special touches, like routered edges - but they were not. This video shows how I router the edges of my shelves and rockers. In the video I demonstrate how to rip and cut and trim all of the boards from 1" x 12' x 12" poplar boards. I also create all of my 1 1/2" inch lumber by gluing 3/4" thick pieces together - because this is how I make all of my beds. I then walk you through the assembly process step-by-step.
If you do not want to spring for the carpenter's kit, you can check out the downloadable instructions first. If you feel like you need a little extra help, purchase access to the video, and if later, you don't want to fuss with shopping around for hardware, grab one of my Hardware Kits.
I created the Carpenter Kit for those who know from the start that they prefer to have a local craftsman make their bed for them. This is especially practical for my customers outside of the United States.
Probably not less than 30 hours without staining. Add a full day or two (8 - 16 hrs) for staining. Sanding accounts for about 1/4 of the duration of the project.
I can tell you what I think are necessites for this project; a table saw, a 10" mitre saw, a jig saw, a drywall "T" square, battery drill (power drills are too powerful). You may find a supplier that is able to make meticulous cuts for you, but ths is not likely, because if they do make cuts, they won't be meticulous.
Optional tools include a hand router with a 1/4" round over bit, an orbital sander (my preference), a hand held belt sander, a hand held electric wood planer, a circular saw.
Blades on all tools should all be new and sharp so as to not tear up the beautiful plywood that you took so much time carefully choosing.
This can vary from $150 to $300. I am betting, that if you use pine dimensional boards, and choose a nice plywood that costs between $22 and $35 a sheet, you will not spend more than $200.
If you wish to build a bed using poplar, you will likely need to order the wood in advance from a supplier (visit a local supplier in person and verbally place an order) you will probably spend around $150 on poplar baords alone. Poplar, however is very nice to work with.
Will you receive moral support? Yes! I am here to help you every step of the way, if that is what you need.
Please email me with your questions or call me at 205-412-5159
I ship kits around the world! International shipping is $25 (domestic is $6).
WELL TOUGH COOKIES! YOU CAN'T. I'M JUST KIDDING.
ALL OF THE HARDWARE REQUIRED IS BASIC AND RELATIVELY EASY TO FIND. THE ONLY THING THAT NEEDS TO BE ORDERED IS WASHERHEAD SCREWS WHICH I GET FROM MCFEELEYS.COM.
99.99999999% OF MY DIY CUSTOMERS HAVE ACQUIRED THEIR OWN HARDWARE. I ONLY RECENTLY BEGAN OFFERING THIS HARDWARE PACKAGE TO MAKE A LITTLE MORE MONEY AND FULFILL A NEED OF MY CUSTOMERS.
He did an awesome job creating his Lori Wall Bed. Many of my DIY wallbed builders send me photos to add to my brag book. I don't have proffessional photo shoots to capture my products' personality and such - I rely on my customers to supply me with the best possible pictures. All of the photos in my gallery are taken in peoples' homes, not sets, with a few exceptions. I love it! Thank you Guy.