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Basic Bed Frame #2: Time Flies - Everything takes longer than expected

11-22-2017 09:00 PM by EarlS | 0 comments »

When I posted the first chapter in this build I expected that I was going to finish off the “few” details left to complete the construction portion in a day or two…...10 days later, I’m finally moving on to finishing. A 1” cleat was screwed and glued to the side rails for the bed slats to rest on. The slats will help keep the frame square and eliminate the need for a box spring. After boring out the bolt hole for the bed bolt, the hole for the cylindrical ...

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Basic Bed Frame #1: A Bed Time Story

11-12-2017 03:03 PM by EarlS | 2 comments »

A little background before I delve into the details of the build. We bought my oldest daughter a daybed when she was in elementary school with the intention to eventually migrate to a queen size bed when she started high school. Well high school came and went and she headed off to college last year…. but no queen size bed. This fall she reminded me of my promise. Since I was in the middle of building my youngest daughter’s desk, thinking I could buy some time, I suggested t...

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Bed build #1: Catching up

07-16-2017 01:16 PM by Scout989 | 0 comments »

Okay, this is the first project I’m blogging, so please bear with me and drop me a line if you have suggestions for improvements. This is my second major build, and the first I plan to record at all. I am now building a California king bedframe for a couple friends of mine. I have no real idea what the style is called, but I’ve been mentally designating it “farmhouse style.” This bed is being built with poplar, as it was cheap enough that I could afford to replace ...

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Farm Bed with Storage, Queen

05-23-2017 07:39 PM by clperdue4342 | 6 comments »

Farm Bed with Storage, Queen I modeled this farm bed after a design I found on Ana White’s website. I made some modifications to eliminate the pocket hole joinery. I’m not a hater of pocket holes; they just seemed inadequate for this project. I did finish the bed, but I never got around to the night stand.

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Building a Cherry Queen Bed #5: Finished the Bed and Lessons Learned

05-09-2017 12:18 AM by jonah | 1 comment »

I actually finished the bed last June/July, but forgot to take final pictures of it for a while, then forgot to write up the blog post capping off the project as well. Here’s the bed now (pardon the mess). On the whole, I’m very happy with it. The sanding and finishing of the parts went fine. I masked off the joinery and finished the parts separately, which was great. I’d never done that before but I’m definitely doing that every time I have a project of any sub...

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Loft Bed Additions #1: Bark Trim Shelf

03-01-2017 04:04 AM by chrisjhennessy | 0 comments »

My sons loft certainly has creative shelving and amazing character. As I look up at the rafters, I see opportunity both in aesthetics and practicality. My plan is to add Walnut Live Edge trim to the bottom of the rafters, this is where the Loft meets the wall. If you look at these two Live Edge pieces, these 5’ pieces will fit right in the space under the rafters. The contrast will look great as a trim and the Walnut which will extend about 2” which will offer a catwalk pla...

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Building a Cherry Queen Bed #4: Side Rails, Center Rail, and Slats

07-05-2016 05:21 PM by jonah | 6 comments »

After getting the headboard finished, I started on the side rails. I’d been thinking throughout the process about a way to get the mortises for the hardware into the end of the side rails, and I hadn’t come up with anything. I was trying to avoid routing sideways, which seemed absurdly dangerous, difficult, and generally a Bad Idea with my heavy router. If I had one of those lighter compact plunge routers I might have considered it, but my Ridgid router weighs a heck of a lot and ...

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Building a Cherry Queen Bed #3: The Headboard

06-28-2016 11:19 AM by jonah | 6 comments »

I started on the headboard, naturally, with milling (and milling, and milling) the various parts down to just larger than their final size. I neglected to take a picture of my wood pile before I started, so you’ll have to use your imagination and picture this pile about eight boards high by two across. This picture is after I got done with the headboard pieces: I had to get parts for the two posts, a bottom rail, and an upper and lower rail for the panels at the top of the headbo...

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Building a Cherry Queen Bed #2: The Footboard

06-18-2016 04:43 PM by jonah | 2 comments »

I started with what I was sure was going to be the easiest part of the bed: the footboard. It’s pretty simple: two ~18” high 3 1/4” square posts with a taper on two sides and a ~58” rail. After milling the parts, I laid out the mortises for the rail and made 3/4” wide, deep (1”) mortises to ensure the assembly is as strong as I can make it. I made the mortises with a router and the tenons on the table saw, as normal. Nothing major to report there. I did ...

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Building a Cherry Queen Bed #1: Design Evolutions and Finalization

06-17-2016 06:46 PM by jonah | 1 comment »

I started designing this bed quite a long time ago. Originally, it was a more arts-and-crafts style, but my wife didn’t like the style and asked if I could make some changes. After looking at the bed Marc Spagnolo recently made we made some more changes and ended up with this design: Essentially the headboard is a set of two frame-and-panel sections with rails set in the groove that the panel is in. We spent some time at a local plywood dealer looking over exotics and veneers and...

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