It has taken two and a half weeks, but I am finally there, and the new bed is completed, since I quoted SWMBO three weeks, I am happy that I came in, in time!
The original idea was to varnish the bed so that it was a natural pine colour, but…
If that’s natural pine, my names Santa Claus, it reminded me of cheap pine kitchen furniture in my youth…orange! So the search went on, and we decided on an Oak matt varnish.
Another change was the top mattress support, to fit on top of the 2×4s, I was going to buy plywood, but the price has shot up recently by nearly 30%, why I have no idea, but I would have needed 2 sheets of 2.44×1.22m, and I was able to buy one sheet of 2.44×1.83m MDF for a third of the price. That size wouldn’t fit in my trailer, so I came home with it strapped on top.
Everything, including the MDF (to seal it) had a coat of the Oak varnish, the colour was ideal after one coat, so the decision was made not to attempt any more in case it went too dark.
Today was ‘D’ Day, I dismantled the old bed, and started on the construction of the new one.
The first job was to screw the side panels to the base, I drilled and countersunk all the holes before adding the screws, to ensure nothing split.
That done, my Wife and I then lifted the base into the slots on the headboard, this was the one part, that had been worrying me, but as it turned out, I need not have, it fitted like a glove. This goes to prove that the old adage, measure twice, cut once, still holds true, but to be honest I measured many more times than twice!!
We then used the fifth leg, which would end up in the middle to support the base, whilst I attached the footboard, for this I used a forstner bit to recess holes before drilling and using 3/8” lag bolts, the side panels are also attached to the footboard using pocket holes, this is to keep them in place, rather than giving any strength.
For ease of access, I then drilled the headboard, and did the electrics for the lights, because they don’t sell lights here with a built in switch, I put the double switch, for both lights in the middle of the headboard, so we could both reach them if one of us falls asleep. Time then to fit the MDF panel to support the mattress, I varnished this yesterday, just because… there are half a dozen screws holding this in place.
Then it was just a case of cleaning up, and putting the mattress in place.
Only one worry now, because SWMBO insisted on the height of the bed being high enough for one of our dogs to continue sleeping under it, I may need steps to get into bed, my feet don’t touch the floor when I am sat on it!!
-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright