I have been looking high and low for an example platform bed project. I wanted to find someone that had created a king size bed out of construction common redwood. I love redwood – but can not afford the cost of the top notch stuff. Anyways, I started in on this project last weekend. About a month ago I went and picked up 2” x 8” x 96” (8) redwood boards and 2” x 6” x 96” (3) redwood boards and a handfull of good old fashion pine 2×4s from my local Lowes. They were a bit damp and so I let them sit for a month (i live in southern AZ – and they dried to my satisfaction in a month). Anyways, long story short – a long Saturday spend in front of my joiner and thickness planer, and most of the wood was ready for use. Sunday was spent gluing, clamping and other wise making 2×8s into 2×16s. Now with the right size and dimension wood – I set to the task of putting it together. Tonight I was able to get the first “shelf” on one side of the bed with some nice oak dowels and look forward to finishing the other two tomorrow night.
With that being said – does anyone have recommendations on how to treat the “shelf” portion of this project? Redwood is so very soft, I am concerned that good old fashioned poly might not be up to the task. I have looked at minwax wood hardener – but without any experience with this project – I am reluctant to apply without through consideration. WIth three kids under 12, the foot board on this bed is going to see a lot of abuse.
-- J.D. Williams