It’s finally done! I’m embarrassed to admit it, but building this loft bed took me over 3 years to do and even longer to get all the videos edited and posted. This project was started when child #4 (Cora) was on the way and the boys needed to start sharing a room. It was finished when Cora was 3 years old. It was interrupted by various things during that time including other projects and just life in general. I learned a ton while working on it (and acquired a bunch of new tools), but I am glad it is finally completed.
In this last video in the series I finished everything up on the bed, including building a small shelf at the front with a hidden compartment for all the things my son wants to hide away from evil ninjas trying to steal his stuff (aka his siblings). One of the biggest things I learned was that when you are planning to use stain to finish a project, you need to be very cautious about where your glue is ending up. If you have watched any of my woodworking videos you will have noticed that I tend to use way too much glue. I’ve also learned that poplar is not one of the best woods for taking stain as well.
I managed to get all the sanding done, as well as staining (with Minwax Jacobean) and several coats of poly. Overall it turned our great. There are definitely a few things I would do differently if I did it over again, but I have no plans of tackling another loft bed any time soon. Check out the video below for all that went into getting the bed finished up!