Welcome to Club Hot Rod!  The premier site for everything to do with Hot Rod, Customs, Low Riders, Rat Rods, and more. 

  •  » Members from all over the US and the world!
  •  » Help from all over the world for your questions
  •  » Build logs for you and all members
  •  » Blogs
  •  » Image Gallery
  •  » Many thousands of members and hundreds of thousands of posts! 

YES! I want to register an account for free right now!  p.s.: For registered members this ad will NOT show

 
Like Tree28Likes

Thread: Antique Cast Iron/Steel Bed for my Daughter
          
   
   

Reply To Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 19
  1. #1
    40FordDeluxe's Avatar
    40FordDeluxe is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Prairie City
    Car Year, Make, Model: 40 Ford Deluxe, 68 Corvette, 72&76 K30
    Posts
    5,187
    Blog Entries
    1

    Antique Cast Iron/Steel Bed for my Daughter

     



    As some of you saw in my build thread, I am rebuilding a foot board for an antique bed for my daughter. We picked it up at an auction for her 4-5 years ago. I took it and had it sand blasted and it has been in storage ever since. We dug it back out a couple of months ago because Izzabelle has outgrown her toddler bed. She did a while ago but she doesn't want to leave Mom and Dad's room.

    I assembled the bed in the yard and I noticed that the foot board looked odd. Yep, sure enough! Some one hacked off the top to allow for a bigger mattress to be put on the frame I'm guessing. I searched online to find a replacement foot board or another bed. My wife said we could use another one we have, and sell this one. I told her no way. This one is way more cool. I haven't seen pics of another like it online any where. I told her I would fix it. I finally got the metal work done and now I have to get it painted.

    The head board is curved on the to rail. I assumed the foot board would be too. So I cam up with a way to bend the 1" conduit I got at Menards. Then after looking at other antique steel beds, I came to the conclusion that the foot board is supposed to be straight. Luckily I didn't weld on my 1" 90s I got off ebay. I did some measuring, and fit the upper rail on the foot board. I did this after work and had a friend hold things while I tacked them together.

    Once that was done I had to add the upright bars. Once again I went to Menards and got some 5/16 rod. It was the same size as the lower bar and the bars they cut off. I drilled holes in the bottom of the upper rail and slid the rod up into the upper tube for ease of fitment. A couple were not straight so I simply cut a notch in the rod to allow me to get it square. I welded them all in place, and ground the welds.

    Next was to try to add something to the upper tube to tie in the upright bars to try and match the head board. Well, I struck out there. I couldn't find anything close. I studied and looked at several different places that cast cast iron items. No one had any thing close. I finally found some brass lamp rosettes that had 6 pedals and were similar to the flower/design on the lower bar of this foot board. I used the vice and crimped the upper tube at the center of each upright. Then I riveted the brass rosettes on to the tube. I put them on the front and the back so it looks better. Now I just have to finish cleaning everything up and get it painted. Then I have to find something to stick in the bottom of the feet because I think they cut the wheels off of it. I'm thinking a dowel rod sanded and beat up in there will level it and keep it from rocking. Once again, this 5 minute fix turned into weeks of working on it when I could find free time.
    Attached Images
    Mike P, NTFDAY, 53 Chevy5 and 6 others like this.
    Ryan
    1940 Ford Deluxe Tudor 354 Hemi 46RH Electric Blue w/multi-color flames, Ford 9" Residing in multiple pieces
    1968 Corvette Coupe 5.9 Cummins Drag Car 11.43@130mph No stall leaving the line with 1250 rpm's and poor 2.2 60'
    1972 Chevy K30 Longhorn P-pumped 24v Compound Turbos 47RH Just another money pit
    Tire Sizes

  2. #2
    rspears's Avatar
    rspears is offline CHR Member/Contributor Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    Gardner, KS
    Car Year, Make, Model: Lifted TJ, '33 HiBoy w/347 stroker
    Posts
    9,205

    Nice job, Dad! That should get you a hug, and grease the skids for the move to her own room!
    40FordDeluxe likes this.
    Roger
    Enjoy the little things in life, and you may look back one day and realize that they were really the BIG things.

  3. #3
    40FordDeluxe's Avatar
    40FordDeluxe is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Prairie City
    Car Year, Make, Model: 40 Ford Deluxe, 68 Corvette, 72&76 K30
    Posts
    5,187
    Blog Entries
    1

    Thanks, it'll be nice for us all!
    Ryan
    1940 Ford Deluxe Tudor 354 Hemi 46RH Electric Blue w/multi-color flames, Ford 9" Residing in multiple pieces
    1968 Corvette Coupe 5.9 Cummins Drag Car 11.43@130mph No stall leaving the line with 1250 rpm's and poor 2.2 60'
    1972 Chevy K30 Longhorn P-pumped 24v Compound Turbos 47RH Just another money pit
    Tire Sizes

  4. #4
    34_40's Avatar
    34_40 is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    New Bedford
    Car Year, Make, Model: 34 Ford 3W Coupe Replica
    Posts
    12,101

    That came out very nice Ryan. Clever thinking on all the little bits!
    40FordDeluxe likes this.

  5. #5
    40FordDeluxe's Avatar
    40FordDeluxe is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Prairie City
    Car Year, Make, Model: 40 Ford Deluxe, 68 Corvette, 72&76 K30
    Posts
    5,187
    Blog Entries
    1

    I got some more done to the bed frame. I didn't really like the high areas from my tube crimping I did to give a place for the rosettes to mount to. I just used a small ball peen hammer and hammered them flat with little force to not dent the tube. I also forgot about some pinholes on the RH lower portion of the main tube near the bottom. I welded them up and ground/sanded them smooth. I then wire wheeled all the cast pieces and surface rusted areas, and scuffed it with green scotch brite. I had thoughts of body working it and then decided to use some filler primer and run with it. I sprayed sealer/acid etch primer on first, then the filler primer in the areas I did welding/grinding on, and then painted it the marigold yellow the wife and daughter picked out. I let it dry and took it home and put the 2 done pieces in Izzy's bed room. Mom and Izzy love it. I'm just waiting on the rest of the paint to get in so I can finish it for them. Then it'll be time to cut some boards for the mattress and go buy a mattress for it. Then I can check this one off the list.

    The only down side is, my wife has been wanting a steel bed frame now. She can't find one she likes so she wants me to build one after seeing how this one turned out. What have I done?
    Attached Images
    Last edited by 40FordDeluxe; 06-19-2017 at 04:03 PM.
    MP&C, Whiplash23T and RichB like this.
    Ryan
    1940 Ford Deluxe Tudor 354 Hemi 46RH Electric Blue w/multi-color flames, Ford 9" Residing in multiple pieces
    1968 Corvette Coupe 5.9 Cummins Drag Car 11.43@130mph No stall leaving the line with 1250 rpm's and poor 2.2 60'
    1972 Chevy K30 Longhorn P-pumped 24v Compound Turbos 47RH Just another money pit
    Tire Sizes

  6. #6
    34_40's Avatar
    34_40 is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    New Bedford
    Car Year, Make, Model: 34 Ford 3W Coupe Replica
    Posts
    12,101

    Quote Originally Posted by 40FordDeluxe View Post
    The only down side is, my wife has been wanting a steel bed frame now. She can't find one she likes so she wants me to build one after seeing how this one turned out. What have I done?
    Sounds like an episode of the Honeymooners..

    You are old enough to know about the Honeymooners... aren't you???

  7. #7
    firebird77clone's Avatar
    firebird77clone is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Hamilton
    Car Year, Make, Model: 69 nomad, 73 charger, 74 vega
    Posts
    2,938

    It brings a new meaning to making your own bed.

    My little brother came down for a summer, with the clear understanding that he would " have to make his own bed".

    As soon as we got him to the house, he had a torch in his hand, welding some old tube steel into a custom bed frame. We topped it with plywood and foam.

    At the end, I was starting to worry he was going to drop out, running the oxy torch in the Georgia summer heat.
    40FordDeluxe likes this.
    .
    Education is expensive. Keep that in mind, and you'll never be terribly upset when a project goes awry.
    EG

  8. #8
    MP&C's Avatar
    MP&C is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Leonardtown
    Car Year, Make, Model: Walking
    Posts
    807

    Anytime there is a request for more, must be nice results! Good job!
    40FordDeluxe likes this.
    Robert

  9. #9
    40FordDeluxe's Avatar
    40FordDeluxe is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Prairie City
    Car Year, Make, Model: 40 Ford Deluxe, 68 Corvette, 72&76 K30
    Posts
    5,187
    Blog Entries
    1

    Quote Originally Posted by 34_40 View Post
    Sounds like an episode of the Honeymooners..

    You are old enough to know about the Honeymooners... aren't you???
    I watched that at my grandparent's house when we went there. It was probably re runs as that was the mid 80's.
    34_40 likes this.
    Ryan
    1940 Ford Deluxe Tudor 354 Hemi 46RH Electric Blue w/multi-color flames, Ford 9" Residing in multiple pieces
    1968 Corvette Coupe 5.9 Cummins Drag Car 11.43@130mph No stall leaving the line with 1250 rpm's and poor 2.2 60'
    1972 Chevy K30 Longhorn P-pumped 24v Compound Turbos 47RH Just another money pit
    Tire Sizes

  10. #10
    NTFDAY's Avatar
    NTFDAY is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Aug 2003
    Location
    Springfield
    Car Year, Make, Model: '66 Mustang, 76 Corvette
    Posts
    4,391

    Quote Originally Posted by 40FordDeluxe View Post
    I watched that at my grandparent's house when we went there. It was probably re runs as that was the mid 80's.


    It was, the originals ran in the 50's. When I was in high school we had an Art Carney day in my senior year that I remember well. I did the t shirt, vest, fedora thing like Art while tech came as a gangster.
    34_40 likes this.
    Ken Thomas
    NoT FaDe AwaY and the music didn't die
    The simplest road is usually the last one sought
    Wild Willie & AA/FA's The greatest show in drag racing

  11. #11
    40FordDeluxe's Avatar
    40FordDeluxe is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Apr 2011
    Location
    Prairie City
    Car Year, Make, Model: 40 Ford Deluxe, 68 Corvette, 72&76 K30
    Posts
    5,187
    Blog Entries
    1

    Here are some pics of Izzy's new room. I still have to add the half round trim on the floor, and we purchased a mattress this morning. Now some new blinds that maybe the dog won't eat, some more rearranging to put her dresser in the closet, and maybe we can call one project done.

    The night stand and desk/chair were redone my my wife's mother. She did a really nice job on them. She also did an old rocking chair for her. She'll have quite the set up.
    Attached Images
    Mike P, NTFDAY, 53 Chevy5 and 2 others like this.
    Ryan
    1940 Ford Deluxe Tudor 354 Hemi 46RH Electric Blue w/multi-color flames, Ford 9" Residing in multiple pieces
    1968 Corvette Coupe 5.9 Cummins Drag Car 11.43@130mph No stall leaving the line with 1250 rpm's and poor 2.2 60'
    1972 Chevy K30 Longhorn P-pumped 24v Compound Turbos 47RH Just another money pit
    Tire Sizes

  12. #12
    Mike P's Avatar
    Mike P is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    Location
    SW Arizona
    Car Year, Make, Model: 57 Plymouth, 37 Dodge PU, 83 El Camino
    Posts
    2,925

    That came out nice Ryan!


    .
    I've NEVER seen a car come from the factory that couldn't be improved.....

  13. #13
    34_40's Avatar
    34_40 is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Sep 2007
    Location
    New Bedford
    Car Year, Make, Model: 34 Ford 3W Coupe Replica
    Posts
    12,101

    Yes, it did! Good work Ryan!

  14. #14
    Whiplash23T's Avatar
    Whiplash23T is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Feb 2010
    Location
    Pukekohe, New Zealand
    Car Year, Make, Model: '23 Ford T Roadster
    Posts
    2,199

    That floor came up brilliant too but one little girl will be extremely happy growing up in there.
    I maybe a little crazy but it stops me going insane.

    Isaiah 48: 17,18.

    Mark.

  15. #15
    53 Chevy5's Avatar
    53 Chevy5 is offline CHR Member Visit my Photo Gallery
    Join Date
    Jan 2005
    Location
    Doon, Ia
    Car Year, Make, Model: 53 Chevy 3100
    Posts
    1,152

    You got that thing done fast, or at least it seems like it when we're watching. It looks nice, that's a very "girly" room
    Seth

    God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing. C.S.Lewis

Reply To Thread
Page 1 of 2 1 2 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Links monetized by VigLink