Martin and I (Stephen) recently finished our “prototype” bunk bed with raw lumber we bought locally. I think it looks good and it will support an elephant if one ever comes to spend the night at Casa Cristana El Alfarero. The Lord has blessed us so we have enough wood now to build two more. The cost of each bunk without the mattress is about $800 Pecos (about $47.00 USD at the current exchange rate).
It was an adventure for me because we went to the best local source for lumber in a small town about ten miles north of Galeana. At the lumber yard they bring the rough-cut yellow pine out of the mountains in the area. It had not been run through a plainer and it was naturally cured. The 2X4’s actually measured more than two inches thick by four inches wide.
We were looking at using plywood to support the mattress, but we discovered we could build the entire bed for less than it cost to buy one sheet here. To support the mattress we are using five 1X6’s. The beds have a lot of wood in them and are very heavy. We are building them in the rooms where they will stay, but we did use bolts and screws so we can take them apart if we ever have to move them. Check out our photos here.
Also, pray we can buy some reasonably priced mattresses. All this is for the King of Kings – Jesus the Christ!