Last week I posted this project. At that time I promised a blog—Here it is
I’m never quite sure how far to take something like this. There are so many skill levels here on LJs. Your input is always welcome. If I leave out a step that’s important to you, tell me. Some of what I show might be very elementary for you. If so, just ignore it. I’m used to it. My family does that all the time. Hopefully, I’ll share something that may be worthwhile.
The more you know of me, you’ll see that I typically don’t use plans. If the project appeals to you, let me know. I can get measurements for you. Unless you are actually going to build this bed, it’s probably not relevant anyway. Maybe some of my techniques are. My kids brought me a picture of a bed they liked. It was designed and built by looking at that picture and figuring everything out as I went. I realize most of you consider that to be a dumb way to build anything. You are probably right, but I’ve always built things this way, and I’m too old to change now. I started with the mattress size. Every other measuement came from that, which brings up a point. Don’t most projects start that way. If you do a built-in bookcase for instance, don’t you start with the size it must occupy. Kitchen cabinets must fit the space allotted, as well as allowing for appliances. Design may not be as intimidating as some think. Start with what you do know, and other details tend to fall into place. That said, you must constantly be thinking ahead or you could run into serious trouble.
I guess in reality, I do have a plan, I just don’t put in on paper. I have a vision in my head—-Yeah, it goes with the voices that are there. I have seen numerous architectural drawings that would not work in the actual build, but they sure looked good on paper. I’ve built several houses that the cabinets had to be redesigned from the plan. OK, maybe it’s time to replace the guy drawing all the wothless plans. I say all this simply to give some background of where I’m coming from, not to say everyone should build this way. Most will do a detailed drawing (or SketchUp) before starting. This makes sense, but obviously I didn’t do that and this is my blog—LOL
OK—The stuff you really want to see! Of course, I started cutting and glueing up pieces. I needed a consiserable amount of thicker lumber. Since I had a lot of soft maple and poplar left over from various jobs in my door shop, it made more sense to laminate it rather than go out and buy 6/4” lumber. I began to glue-up different size pieces that I would need.
I found this cool glue spreader through my door shop. I don’t recall who makes it, but it sure speeds up a big glue project.
This clamp rack, made by Taylor, was used in my door shop before we upgraded to a clamp carrier. It’s so handy, I chose to keep it at home rather than sell it.
I tried to glue up all the pieces I would need first, before I began to layout and mill them into the parts I needed. I did the framework first, as it all needed to be thicker pieces. The slats couild wait until I had a better idea what I would need. There was no glue-up to them.
What is it we all say—-You can’t have too many clamps!
Thats it for now. Next time I’ll begin to show how the pieces are layed out and start to come together.