Storage side of attached bed

Nobody Puts Baby in a Sidecar

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In keeping with my inconsolable paranoia of child safety and resulting over-engineering, what was originally planned to be a lightweight 20-pound free-standing bassinet, I have built a solid 60-pound “sidecar” for my baby. And I can say with confidence that, if and when the “big one” hits, I will be safe in one of two earthquake-proof places: inside my “bunker-like” garage or underneath this baby sidecar. :)

Design Considerations

  • bassinet or cosleeper style
  • 3 or 4 sides
  • freestanding or attaches to bed

Sidecar Mockup #1
Sidecar Mockup #1

Sidecar Mockup #2
Sidecar Mockup #2

Sidecar Mockup #3 - 4 legs with drawers
Sidecar Mockup #3 – 4 legs with drawers

Sidecar Mockup #6 - Table style with apron
Sidecar Mockup #6 – Table style with apron

Sidecar Mockup #7 - 2 legs with "quiet" storage
Sidecar Mockup #7 – 2 legs with “quiet” storage

Sidecar Mockup #7 - Under-mattress support
Sidecar Mockup #7 – Under-mattress support
Sidecar Mockup with Bed
Sidecar Mockup with Bed

Top Frame

The top is made of solid 4/4 Birch, jointed, planed and ripped down to 2″ strips, stacked and laminated together to form each of the 3 sides.

Birch slats for sides
Birch slats for sides
Laminated birch for spacers
Laminated birch for spacers
Dry-fit of sides
Dry-fit of sides
Side assembly
Side assembly

Carcass

The carcass is built with 1/2″ Baltic Birch for it’s strength and quality. I used solid birch resawn from the side pieces to make the trim for exposed areas of the Baltic Birch.

Top assembly
Top assembly
Carcass glue-up
Carcass glue-up

Legs

The legs are built with solid 8/4 birch. Because I don’t expect the baby will be chewing on the legs and there was time to off-gas, I decided to stain the legs to offer some contrast with the carcass and top. It also more closely matches the rest of the furniture in the room.

Leg glue-up
Leg glue-up
Leg experiments
Leg experiments

First Project Timelapse

Seeing as how this is my first project in my new garage, I thought I’d put together a mini timelapse…

Additional Sidecar Photos

Whiteboard planning
Whiteboard planning
Mattress side of attached bed
Mattress side of attached bed
Leg supports
Leg supports
Storage side of attached bed
Storage side of attached bed
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