I have the fun part (figuring out how to do it) of this project done and its all plain work now. I suppose that is why its been sitting in my shop like this for 5+ years now.
I think you can figure out how I did the checker board detail from this picture:
Under what is really one of the bed’s side rails is a sheet of the patterns I used to cut out the L-shaped do-dads and drill the holes for the dowels.
Maybe I’ll never finish this? I still don’t have the embelllishments right but it will look something like this when done.