Building some bunk beds

07.13.2009 | 10:10 am | 1981 CB650, Bathroom Renovation, General, Goldwing, Led Zeppelin, Project bike

Our two grandsons are coming to stay with us for a while, so we thought we should get some bunk beds for them. After shopping around, we decided it would be easier and cheaper to make some. We found some plans online at:

Bunkbeds Unlimited

This is a bunk bed with a pull out trundle bed underneath.  Bunk Beds Unlimited offered a hardware package for sale, and it was cheaper and more convenient to just buy the hardware pack, so we ordered it along with the plans. That done, it was off to Home Depot for the lumber.

We needed about a dozen 2×6’s, some 2×2’s, and a few 2×4’s, so we picked through the pile, trying to find the straightest ones that were in the best shape. We took them home and got to work cutting them to size.

Once we got the basic frame pieces cut, I fired up the router and used a 1/2 inch rounding bit to round off the edges. The end pieces and a couple of the rails are done and ready to be stained.




We need to make another Home Depot run to buy the stain so we can match it to the dresser in the kid’s bedroom.

More to follow…

The Led Zeppelin jet aircraft

04.4.2008 | 6:04 pm | Led Zeppelin

While on a business trip to Texas, a customer I was working with told me that during the 70’s when he was driving home from work, he used to pass by the Houston Hobby airport. He is an aircraft buff and he used to stop and see if there were any unusual aircraft there. If there was, he would stop and take pictures of them and then put the pictures in a binder, with dates and times.

On February 27th, 1975 he saw a Boeing 720B parked at the airport. This aircraft sported a red and blue color scheme. The bottom of the plane had a bunch of white stars on a blue background, with the name “Led Zeppelin” painted over the exit doors by the wing. He went home and told his wife that he had seen a “German Airliner” at the airport. Being a die hard C&W fan, he had never heard of Led Zeppelin, so his wife told him the plane most likely belonged to the rock band of the same name.


I did some internet searching and found some conflicting information. Some thought it was a B-707 instead. I did not find any pictures of this particular paint scheme, but I did find some of a maroon/gold paint job. As it turns out, Led Zeppelin was, in fact, performing at the Houston Coliseum that night.

I sent an inquiry to Boeing asking for clarification and received the following reply.

“These are photos of the “Starship” which was a Boeing 720, registration N7201U, owned by Contemporary Entertainment Services Inc.
The maroon and gold is probably from 1973, the plane was painted in the red and blue “Starship” livery in 74.
Zeppelin used a different 720 for their 77 tour –  “Caesar’s Chariot,” a Boeing 720 registration N7224U, owned by Desert Palace, Inc (Caesar’s Palace).
An easy way to tell the difference between a 707 and a 720 is the 707 has two over wing exits and the 720 has one – the plane in these pictures has a single over wing exit.”
Michael Lombardi
Corporate Historian
The Boeing Company
Just a little bit of rock and roll history for you…