Oak Finish King Size Wood Frame

  • Advertise with us
Blog entry by dave59330 posted 09-05-2009 06:58 PM 7056 reads 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first project on here is to build this bed frame:

I’ve asked a couple questions iin a forum and I got great response.

I got it in my mind how to do everything on this project but the radius edges.

King size bed frame found on ebay for $1499

This bed frame is going for $1499 on ebay, for $1499, I can buy all the tools and lumbar and stain and mess up about a dozen times for $1500 so I’m taking this on as a challenge for me.

I’ve build bed frames before, nothing like this though. When my wife was going to school, she lived in a basement appt with a spiral staircase and there was no way to get a queen size box spring down there. so I took two 4×8 MDO boards down there, cut them down to Queen size and made a 2×4 based platform, nothing pretty by far, but it was functional and solid as a rock. The landlord was kind of a female dog, she came down one time and asked how the hell I plan to get this out of here? I told her the same way I got it in, with a screwdriver.

I’ve been watching a ton of videos on woodworking, fine woodworking and I’m finding it to be fascinating. I’ve have some basic tools, skill saw, hack saw, cordless drill. Recently I’ve been investing in some better tools, I just bought a Dewalt three base router on ebay for $208, brand spanking new, not a speck of sawdust on it. I’ve also bought an 80 piece 1/2 shank bit set.

For this project, so far I’m thinking I’m going to need a dovetail jig for the drawers (a little bit more professional than a block in the corner of the drawers) and a table saw. It is a big project for me and I’m just getting started (plans in my head). I can see how I’m going to do everything but the nice radius corners. So that would be my first of many questions, how do I make these nice corners.

I’m not too concerned with time or money that I put in to this project, I’m limited on the money part. I can afford to put $150 a week into this project for as long as it takes. Hopefully I can get it done within 10 weeks, if not, I’ll at least have the tools and experience and some nice fire wood j/k.

Well, this is my project and any tips or advice is defiantly welcome.


-- Whether you think you can or think you can't, your right. Henry Ford

10 comments so far

View Scarcraig01's profile


72 posts in 3193 days

#1 posted 09-05-2009 08:25 PM

That sure is an illustrious first project! I’m sure going to tune into you blog to watch you work your way through it.

-- Craig, Springfield Ohio

View Craftsman on the lake's profile

Craftsman on the lake

2791 posts in 3437 days

#2 posted 09-06-2009 12:34 AM

Ya know. if the radius edges are still in question for you and they would be for me. I’d redesign them. make them square, or square with vertical routed striations on them. Something like that. They might even look better that way.

If I may make a suggestion, A lot of wood going on here. To late I discovered places that supply beautiful lumber at half the cost of the big box stores. I blogged about it here . So that dollar amount you mentioned could be cut drastically. That means more tools and feeling better knowing it.

I admire your ambition!

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

View dave59330's profile


8 posts in 3206 days

#3 posted 09-06-2009 01:15 AM

Ya know, I found a way that I could do the outside of the radius, this video has a jig I could modify to do the outer radius, just a little bit longer. So now I just have to figure out the inner radius. Any ideas?

-- Whether you think you can or think you can't, your right. Henry Ford

View a1Jim's profile


117091 posts in 3576 days

#4 posted 09-06-2009 05:21 AM

wow that’s some super bed

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

View spanky46's profile


995 posts in 3389 days

#5 posted 09-06-2009 01:39 PM

Good luck! You CAN do it!

-- spanky46 -- Never enough clamps...Never enough tools...Never enough time.

View stefang's profile


15881 posts in 3333 days

#6 posted 09-06-2009 06:14 PM

When you get done with that project at least you will have a good place to rest. Good luck. Please post it on LJ when you’re finished so we can enjoy it too!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

View SCOTSMAN's profile


5849 posts in 3584 days

#7 posted 09-06-2009 07:11 PM

Nice bed also nice little stool. I make lots of stools like these as presents well done.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

View dave59330's profile


8 posts in 3206 days

#8 posted 09-13-2009 10:39 PM

I just got an email today and I’ve figured out how to do my inner radius on the corner of my bed!!!

ya got to love the internet and all the ideas you can come up with on here.

inner radius

I’ll be getting a table saw in about a month. If I haven’t mentioned before, I’m a cash man, no credit cards period. Delay your gratification and save the headache of interest. Plus, everything I have, I own.

I got my Dewalt 3 base router, an 80 piece router bit set and my dovetail jig. Gonna play with that as soon as I get my sawhorse brackets in.

Quick question, I got one of those 80 piece router bits for $85 on ebay, yet I go to Runnings (local hardware store) and I can spend $24 on one strait bit. Both carbide bits, what is the reason, is the quality of the 80 bits I bought much less than that of the one bit that I spent $24 on?

-- Whether you think you can or think you can't, your right. Henry Ford

View dave59330's profile


8 posts in 3206 days

#9 posted 09-15-2009 07:40 AM

I just won me a shopsmith ebay for $307.51, this plus my $208 for my router and $85 for my bits, $30 for some clamps, $30 for a dovetale jig, I’m up to somewhere around less than $700 total invested in this project so far. I’m thinking I can still fit it in under $1500, I’m getting excited.

-- Whether you think you can or think you can't, your right. Henry Ford

View dave59330's profile


8 posts in 3206 days

#10 posted 11-22-2009 02:42 AM

Did I do that?

I began my huge first woodworking project. I figured instead of starting with the big, I’d start with the foot stool. Okay, so I made my first jig, this is the blue print , so I finally got to building it, it will work both for the outer radius of the bed and the footstool.

I started with a quarter inch rabbit bit and quickly upgraded to a three tooth one inch rabbit bit. I was basically setting the router in place and spinning the 4 4×4s to make my outer radius.

Now the router is a Dewalt 2 1/4 horse. I started out at slow speed and amped it up to 5/7 I think. I then thought that this was too loud (no hearing protection yet) so I turned it back down so I turn the little dial four clicks the wrong way. It was on 7/7, top speed. So I turned it back but it didn’t slow down, I figured I busted the switch so I kept working away (sacrificing my hearing for my new found love). I was chewing a good 3/8” x 1” of wood away and it was here I noticed the router actually working. The dewalt has this speed control dial and when it’s not on 7, it compensates for the amount of work you are giving it. Well, on 7, I could tell it was wide open because it would slow down under load. I didn’t work it too hard, maybe reducing the speed 20%. It’s a dewalt, it can take it. Well, it just quit cold turkey like it was unplugged.

I didn’t smell anything but the cedar dust I was making, no smoke from the motor, it was running great. I did notice the blue light from the bushings in the motor, that’s what electric motors do. My question to you all is would you think this is the speed control or the motor? It’s getting power, I plugged my Shopsmith in the same outlet and it fired right up.

My other question, I bought this on ebay from a guy that bought it, lost it and bought another. When I received it, it didn’t have a speck of sawdust on it. This is really the first time I’ve used it, would it have any warranty from Dewalt?

-- Whether you think you can or think you can't, your right. Henry Ford

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics