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Platform Bed #1: Initial framing

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 905 days ago 1679 reads 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Bedroom and bathroom done. I’ll start the living room/kitchen remodel in the spring. What to do in the meantime? Make a bed of course.
In my mind… which is where these things always are, the bed will be maple with two large drawers on one side. The head ends will have 3 small cubbies on each side as it is impractical for us to have bedside tables because one side is up against the wall and the other side edges a window. We basically need someplace to put our glasses and watches at bedtime.

A very simple sketch of the side of the bed. The two large squares are drawers and the smaller ones cubbies.

A progression of pictures showing some of the framing. Simply done in spruce. It will be skinned with hard maple. My new favorite wood to work with after making the bathroom fixtures. And it will go well with anything.. like the oak in the bedroom.

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



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sarahss

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#1 posted 905 days ago

We are planning to build a platform bed sometime in the (hopefully near) future. We also plan to have underneath storage. I can’t figure out how to attach the headboard to the bed though. I’ll be anxiously watching your progress to see what you do!

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grizzman

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#2 posted 905 days ago

well dan you have a great start on this, this will be fun, and skinning it with maple, im looking forward to seeing this come together…......grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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ellen35

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#3 posted 905 days ago

Dan, I love platform beds. It will be a real treat to see you make this.
Ellen

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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PurpLev

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#4 posted 905 days ago

oooh. looks exciting Daniel. interested to see how you’re going to do the drawers.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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Craftsman on the lake

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#5 posted 905 days ago

Sharon, the drawer box (not the fronts) will be cabinet grade ply. I’ll be using a basic lap joint with a ply front then screw the maple fronts to that. Functional, simple, strong. Dovetails are nice but I’ve little interest in doing them for their looks.

sarahss, I’m still deciding on a headboard. We have a window that comes slightly inside the corner of the bed with a sill that sticks out. I don’t know if a headboard will work or not. I’d like one, at least a low own.

I’m on this minimalistic styling thing lately. So this bed will not be very embellished.

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

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stefang

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#6 posted 904 days ago

This looks like a good start. It will be interesting to see the finale.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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