Well, I’m starting another project. I don’t think I’m at the skill level many of you are here. I’m do this as a hobby and still consider myself a beginner even though I’ve done various small projects over the years. My current project is to build a Tatami Bed. I saw Brian Havens bed and some online that were ridiculously priced. It looks so simple to do. Well, i guess for woodworking people but not to the average joe. I’m selling my home and I hate my current bed and want something that looks different when i move into an apartment…whenever my home sells the way the market is.
I emailed Mr. Haven about those Bridle joints. I did a practice one from scraps I had. As you can see, it’s pretty rough but I got an idea how to approach it now. Mr. Haven suggested using 7 pieces but I think that may look odd but would be so easy to do lol. I wish my table saw was able to cut 5 1/2 high but I’m going to have to use a hand saw for notching out part along with a chisel. My first attempt i tried using my router doing 2 passes on each side to cut out bridal joint but didn’t work well.
I went out and bought some regular pine to start doing the real thing. I don’t want to spend much so I’m going this route. I’m still debating to do a small platform on top using Poplar. The headboard will be made of Poplar. I have a nice headboard plan from another platform bed plan I have. Not fond of the bed the headboard looks nice.
In one of these shots I have some birch plywood on top to see if a platform would look nice. If I go thru with it it’ll be a 1×6. And like Brian’s I’m still undecided if I should have the frame stick out at the corners. Any thoughts?