Jeep bed

AK-RWC

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south central
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AK
#1
I bought the plans for this on Etsy before my daughter was born because we knew we’d need my son’s toddler bed back to return as the crib. And although we did make it back into a crib, it took me until COVID to actually decide it was time to get his mattress off the floor. I modified the plans in a couple ways, namely to make the grill look more like a CJ, and to make the panels easy to take down in 4 pieces since I needed to haul it up two stories. My wife decided the tires needed to spin, so I scored some used/dead XJ/YJ/ZJ/TJ hubs from friends and bolted them to the subframe. Working lights will come later.

Yes, it has a t-rex on the back, but it’s intentionally NOT a Jurassic Park theme. My son loves those movies, but he also just loves dinosaurs. And he picked out these colors, so that’s what I went with.
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AK-RWC

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south central
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AK
#6
I definitely had help. I decided to cheap-out by using construction-grade plywood instead of furniture grade. That just led to hours and hours of sanding and wood-putty. In retrospect, I should have just bought the good plywood. But the wood-putty inspired me to fill the gaps where the 2x4s are screwed to the plywood and gave it an overall more finished look. My father-in-law helped immensely with the sanding, and he did a substantial share of painting. I did most of the pinstripes. My mother-in-law has a Cricket (which is some kind of computer CNC plasma table for crafting that I've never seen) which she used to make the "Jeep" text stencils, and after the t-rex stencil failed miserably, she used it to cut out a decal using some fairly-closely-colored vinyl. My wife also helped with some painting, and certainly helped with the assembly. She also took our son to Home Depot to buy the paint colors he liked. Obviously I had the friends who donated bad hubs, and another friend gave me the bad ATV tires. And I finally have to credit the guy who designed the plans and posted them on Etsy. Having a good set of plans made it go as easy as reasonably possible!
 
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masscj2a

Rebuilding America's Jeep
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Chester
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Ma
#12
Great job. Bought the plastic one for my granddaughter. Lights are her favorite part. I think she is going to sleep in it till she is 18.
 
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