Want to Sleep in an Imperial Walker?!

Most kids end up with a crappy “tree house” in the back yard that your dad spent a few drunken Saturdays throwing together, just so
he could avoid your mother. They usually  end up being no more than a deathtrap consisting of a giant piece of plywood a shitty 2×4
“ladder” nailed into the side of the tree and a never ending slew of curse words.
What did one lucky whippersnapper end up with? A goddamn triple bunk bed designed to look like an Imperial Walker. Complete with
sleeping area, Hoth LEGO display , and just so the kid didn’t feel unloved a fucking clubhouse to round it all off.
Check out more photos and how dad built it after the jump…

I built the triple bunk bed for my mother’s new home to be used by my son, and nephews. My mother moved into a small home without much of a yard and was looking for a creative way to entertain the grandchildren while at the same time solving the problem of limited sleeping space and limited square footage. The beds could, however, take advantage of her 10 foot ceilings.

I’ve always been a big Star Wars fan and was looking for a subject that made sense for this design. A Walker already had four legs and it seemed an obvious choice to base my design on. I wanted it to look as real as possible. In order to accomplish movement, I made the bunk beds appear to be walking. I also made several additions to the beds, for example a complete Hoth lego display case on the second level as well as additional areas for the kids to play and climb.

When I started the project I had to solve the problem of skewing the scale of the model to suit the needs of three beds and also had to figure out a way to make the entire design modular in concept. I never intended it to be quite so detailed but this aspect took on a life of its own as I began to build it.

I live in a town home in Carmel Indiana and have always had a modest wood shop. It’s composed of compound sliding saw, a few sanders, a drill press, router, cnc router, and a few saws and sanders from
Festool. I worked on the project two days a week from the end of September 2009 until its completion in February 2010. I would guess I had somewhere between 300-400 hours by the time the sanding and
painting was complete. It received quite a bit of attention from friends and neighbors during the end of its time in my garage. After its completion it was taken apart and transported to my mother’s house in Ohio and it took approximately two men two hours to first take it apart and then an additional two hours to put it back together.

300-400 hours? See what you can accomplish if you stop all that excessive masturbation? The way I see it I’ve got 1 of 2 options. 1.)
beat the kid up and assume his identity. 2.) Contact this man and see if he’s interested in adopting a 24 year old woman and her cats.

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