Panel Bed #1: Design

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Blog entry by Silvo posted 12-27-2010 11:40 AM 1484 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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So for Christmas I received a couple of additions to my woodworking line up with some clear expectations from the family to start cranking out some projects.

For starters I figured I would build the wife a new king bed. We have a metal bed frame and all wood furniture. The wife wants a wood bed that goes with the rest of the set. The bed is going to be painted black so I will be building it out of poplar and birch.

I’m not 100% confident in the design so far. I looked at some pictures of beds online and came up with this rough idea of what I wanted it to look like. I’m attempting to make the bed look sturdy, like it was made out of thicker materials but at the same time I am trying to reduce the overall amount of lumber involved in the design.

I would love to get some input on possible design ideas or tips on how to go about this. I can also send the SketchUp file if anyone would be interested in it.

Headboard Dimensions: 54” H x 85” W x 2.75” D
Footboard Dimensions: 29” H x 84” W x 3.25” D
Siderails Dimensions: 7” H x 81” W x 2” D
Overall Dimensions: 54” H x 85” W x 86” D




Foot-board with top plate removed

Foot-board panel and leg detail

The back of the Foot-board

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#1 posted 12-27-2010 02:24 PM

HI Silvo. I built an oak raised panel bed last year. My first big project. I made my legs hollow using 3/4” oak. Glued up it looked really good, can hardly find the seams and is very sturdy. I did a loose tenon fitting of parts to the legs.

The two part build blog starts here. Maybe it will give you some other ideas. Good luck with you build. I’ll be looking forward to see what you finally decide.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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