The beds were built when they were born, so I had one set of "crib
rails" that attached to the top of each for the first two years or so.
The bottom picture is more recent (the top is Rebecca, who is now 8,
the bottom is Jason's bed recently, he's 6). The drawers are about
33" deep and full extension - lots of storage space.
The end panels are glue-ups. They attach to the corner posts with
sliding dovetails (the whole bed disassembles and "folds flat" for
transport). The corner posts are about 2x6ish. The front face frame
is M&T, the back is a solid glue-up (except Jason's, which is a single
14" wide board :). The front and back are flush with the posts on the
inside (facing the mattress); the headboards are inset about an inch.
The drawers are 4/4 with a 3/8 ply bottom. How the drawers work is
like this - The sides extend past the back by a few inches, and
they're notched with 7/8" slots horizontally. In those slots I put a
cross-piece that's 1" longer than the drawer is wide, and drill holes
down through the drawers and cross piece and use a big nail to pin
them loosely in place. This cross piece slides in dadoes in the
runners; the drawer just rests on the bottom piece of the front face
frame. I'll probably have to draw a picture.
The drawer runners are attached to the front/back with a cleat. The
cleat is a 1x2 screwed vertically to the front/back; and the runners
screw into the side of that. The cleat goes to the floor so that
there's no weight on the screws that go into the face frame (they're
short). The tops of the drawer runners support a 3/4" birch ply sheet
that the mattress sits on. Between each pair of drawers there's a
support "leg" that goes from the ply to the floor - more support - and
cleats on the head boards finish up the support. The kids *are*
allowed to jump on their beds!
The drawer pulls are slots cut with a 3/4" router bit and rounded
over. Everything has a 1/4" radius round over edge - no sharp edges.
There's a cleat behind the bottom rail of the front face that stops
the drawers from going any further in than they should.
The finish is colonial maple and poly, inside and out.
Here is a PDF of some of the dimensions,
found on old backups from "back when".
Here is a PDF of key elevations and