Day Bed #1: Intro and drawing

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Blog entry by TheSandman posted 10-23-2008 08:22 AM 1168 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’m seeking sage (or rosemary) advice on making a day bed. First on the design, and then on the selection of the type of wood. Since this is my first blog post, I don’t know much how this will show, so bare with me.

Here is a design drawing I did. It’s a three sided view (front, side, top)

There are many things that affect the design. Primarily my perceived ability, in which I would consider myself a “less than experienced” woodworker. And Secondly my equipment, Circ Saw on Rail (for long and straight), Sliding Compound Miter Saw(for short and straight), and a router mounted in a table(for everything else). I seem to have a healthy dose of enthusiasm, and am more than willing to make more than my fair share of mistakes. I don’t need perfection, but I will strive for it.

So the Day bed is made of mostly straight boards. I think I can do that. Maybe a rounded corner or a round over edge treatment on them. I think I can do that too. My current idea of joinery is glue and screws. I can hardly wait to get better than that, but one step at a time, and this is a pretty big step already. No box springs, just a plywood base with the mattress on top of that. The Second mattress is a trundle bed that will slide underneath. (Note to self, ensure that you know how thick those mattresses are going to be so the “slide underneath” part works…) I know you can’t see all the pieces and how they fit together, so I’m looking for an overall impression

As for the wood selection, we have mostly dark wood in the house. Built in 1976 with gel stain pine I believe. So I would like something dark, strong, lightweight, and cheap. . . well . . . ok, how about dark, strong and cheap? No? OK. . . How about something-
not really light in color
that doesn’t need a forklift to move
that doesn’t need to involve a loan officer

Thank you for any help.

-- David, Portland Oregon

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