Crafting Memories and Building Skills with Delta Machinery:

Our Father‑Son Bed Building Adventure

In today’s fast-paced digital world, it’s easy to forget the simple joys of creating something with our own hands, especially when we’re constantly surrounded by technology. However, my son and I decided to break the cycle by embarking on a memorable project – building a unique bed using Delta Machinery. This project not only resulted in a remarkable bed but also imparted invaluable life skills and lessons on the importance of hands-on work for the next generation.

The Vision: A Bed Beyond Imagination
As a parent, I’ve always dreamed of providing my child with a safe and inspiring space to grow, play, and learn. That dream took the form of a raised bed with a library and swing underneath. This imaginative design not only encouraged creativity but also maximized space utilization, making it a practical addition to my son’s room. But this bed wasn’t just about utility; it was about creating a space that fosters a love for reading, imaginative play, and good old-fashioned craftsmanship. To achieve this vision, I rolled up my sleeves, and my son was eager to join in on the adventure.


Tools of Precision and Quality: Delta Machinery
For a project like this, precision and quality are non-negotiable. The Delta Table Saw played a crucial role in the construction process, helping us cut the plywood for the bed’s raised platform. With a powerful 15amp motor, it cut the plywood like butter. But it didn’t stop there. The Delta Cruzer Miter Saw stepped in to cross-cut the 2×4
and 4×4 cedar lumber frame with ease. Its powerful motor and precise Shadowline system system made every cut a breeze. I have to say, the combination of these two Delta tools ensured the project’s success from the very beginning.


Craftsmanship and Bonding: Building Memories
This project was not just about the end result but also about the journey. As my son and I worked together, we shared laughs, solved problems, and learned from each other. It was a bonding experience that couldn’t have been replicated by staring at screens. The bed frame, constructed with 2×4 lumber, came together seamlessly with easy to drill pocket holes. The joints were secure with 2.5″ screws and wood glue. With sanding being something most woodworkers loathe, it is nice to teach my son and hopefully recruit him to help with sanding future projects.

Adding Functionality and Style: A Labor of Love
With the bed’s main structure in place, it was time to add some functional elements. Shelves and a desk were installed on the outside foot of the bed, turning it into a multi- purpose furniture piece. This not only enhanced its practicality but also added a touch of style to the room. We also added some LED lights underneath the bed so my son can see all his books in his little “library.” The Importance of Teaching Hands-On Skills In a world where screens dominate our lives, it’s crucial to teach the next generation the value of working with their hands. This project served as an excellent opportunity to impart these essential life skills to my son.


Working together with tools like the Delta Table Saw and Delta Cruzer Miter Saw, I taught my son the importance of precision, patience, and the satisfaction that comes from creating something from scratch. These are skills that extend far beyond the realm of DIY projects, shaping young minds and fostering a lifelong love for craftsmanship. By involving my son in the construction process, I also emphasized the importance of shared experiences over screen time. Building something together created memories that both my son and I will treasure for years to come.

Mega Bed

The Final Touch: Colors and Finish
To complete the project, I added my personal touch. I painted the bed frame in a vibrant blue color and stained the plywood surfaces in a warm cherry hue. These choices not only made the bed visually appealing but also added a layer of protection to ensure its longevity.


Conclusion: Crafting Memories and Skills

In a world that often prioritizes technology over tangible creations, our father-son bed building adventure stands as a testament to the enduring value of hands-on work. A simple bed became a canvas for creativity and a platform for imparting essential life skills to my son.

So, to all parents and DIY enthusiasts out there, take inspiration from our story. Invest in quality tools, spend quality time with your loved ones, and embark on your own DIY adventures. You’ll not only build remarkable creations but also lasting memories and invaluable skills that will shape the future. With Delta Machinery by your side, the possibilities are limitless, and the lessons learned are immeasurable. Craft your own memorable journey today!


– Jesse Mullen

Check out the full video from the Mullen The Maker Channel!

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