What to do with an old bed frame?

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 07-30-2014 01:55 AM 2752 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

That kind of fall apart.

Instead of a box spring, it had an old waterbed platform under it

Tore things down into “parts”

Some posts will get rived apart, as they were three piece glue ups.

Longer stuff to be cut down a bit

I think I will keep these pieces. Got to sawing stuff down.

Working down some leg parts. The goal was to build a Frame & Panel Tool Chest, using the parts from the old bed. Rive a board means to split it down the length, hoping for a straight board to show up. One three board post wasn’t too hateful, the other was very ugly.

Real ugly. had to get out the chisels and hammer, and split off a bit on each side

Just to get rid of the worse of the mess. Then a scrub jack plane

to get it flat enough for a try plane to go over it

Found a split right down the center. Finished the split and kept the better half. Reswed the other nasty blank to match the skinny one. Planed them down to as close a match as i could. Set up a screw in the plane stop jig. Got the router out, and cut a 3/8’’ x 3/8” groove along one side. Already had the rest of the parts milled down the other day, all except the end rails

Now, the bad part of these parts? Underneath that fancy Golden oak stain, there is a two piece veneer, then the good wood. Most of which is a series of glue-ups to get to the width the factory needed. They didn’t even notice grain direction. I have grain running everywhere in a single board. The inside surfaces were a paper-like thingy, but still a two piece veneer. I could “split off most of it, but then had to plane off the remains, and the glue. They used a stapled, cope & stick joint to make the frames. LOTS of staples to dig out. Didn’t need the cope part, so

I set up a small jig of three screws to hold each piece. AFTER the staples were pulled, of course. A #3 hand plane to remove the cope part. Now I just have to fit the frames together

Like this side panel frame. Needing to fit the mortises and install a raised panel. The narrow stile is for the back leg. The fancy one is for the front leg. So far, I have most of the parts about milled up

Front and back frames are a bit wider. Some of the pine from the platform frame will be a floor for the chest, the rest will make a few sliding trays.

Stay tuned, this could get interesting…even scary…

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 07-30-2014 02:03 AM

Amazing to go from a bed to those parts and then eventually a tool chest. Nice work Bandit.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 07-30-2014 02:16 AM

Interesting. Look forward to seeing how it all comes together in a project.

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#3 posted 07-30-2014 02:45 AM

I have something to do similar: deconstruct a futon frame bed (i do believe it is of the beech species) that will be converted into my planer/jointer mobile fliptop with 2×4’ wings. I “used” to buy furniture items at auctions because hated to see the pieces get thrown out if nobody wanted them. I’m talking red oak cabinets for $5, mahogany end tables, etc. But found out, I have to be extremely choosey and picky because of limited storage / real estate in my 2car garage shop.
How did you get the original finish off? By plane or chemicals?

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#4 posted 07-30-2014 02:51 AM

Planed it off. Most was a cheap veneer plywoood sort of thing anyway. Two plys, and a lot of glue. “Finish” was weather worn and flaking off, anyway. The Wood below looks better than the covering did.

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#5 posted 07-30-2014 06:24 AM

Bandit, you are a wizard at repurposing things! Looking forward to the finished tool chest.

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 08-17-2014 06:16 PM

Well, so far, things are going together

even the lid is looking better

even holds two full sized saws. About out of the wood supply, though.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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