With all of the major items on my family to-do list completed, it is time to reflect a little. We had a great time on vacation. The condo we rented in Panama City Beach, Florida, could have been the all time best for us. It featured a somewhat panoramic view of the Gulf of Mexico and the shore line looking west from our 15th floor unit. Like most of the high-rise condominiums in the area, this one was fairly new.
Then, once we returned from the beach, it was time to turn our full attention towards moving our daughter back to the University of Alabama. Part of the process included me building a contraption which would raise her bed so some storage units could slide underneath.
With the move accomplished, it is time to get my basement shop back in order and get back to the Tornado Bed.
Fabricating the rails
The next step in building the bed is to fabricate the side rails that join the foot board to the head board. Each rail will be formed from two 8′ 1″ x 8″s glued together. The finished rails will be 82″ long, so before adding glue, I inspect each board for pleasing grain and note any defects or damage. I then mark which section of each board I’ll use. Glue is spread over the face of one board and then the two are screwed together to ensure they don’t slide around during clamping. This glue-up calls for a lot of clamps…
This week, I’ll be working on attaching the hardware to the rails as well as the corresponding piece to the head board and foot board. Should be exciting work.
An important note about donors
So far I’ve had a number of people pass positive comments to me about this project. Thank you. It is the least I can do when disaster strikes so close to home.
I would also add that there have been many people who have supported this effort through donations. Building this bed without financial support would have been difficult.
The following people have made donations to this project and I would like to say a big heart felt thank you. The lumber and supplies shown in this post alone cost about $100.00, so your monetary support has been vital. I have received donations from the following people:
- Mark and Amy LeJeune
- Steve and Jane Bell
- Jack and Mary Branch
- Betty Branch
- Jim Branch
- Jason Herrick
- James and Susan Dunlap
- Mary Willis
Your support has helped cover a significant part of the cost of this bed, so again, thank you.
This project is being built in response to the historic tornado outbreak that occurred in Alabama on April 27th. On that day, 63 tornadoes struck our state which claimed the lives of 247 people and caused between $2.45 billion and $4.2 billion in property damage (click the image at the right). The Tornado Bed will be given free of charge to a needy victim of the April 27th tornado event.