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Platform Bed #3: Platform part ready for finish

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 02-11-2012 03:50 AM 1765 reads 0 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Second day progress Part 3 of Platform Bed series Part 4: Starting the bed head »

Once again, this blog series is a queen size platform bed made of hard maple.

The platform or actually the bed is done. Yet to make is the bed head. I decided to finish the bed, sand and poly it then flip it onto it’s side so that I can gain some moving around room in the shop. A bed that is 60”x80” takes up a lot of room. I’ve been cramped.

I decided to put the bed on roller stands. It made it much better to work on and is sturdy. As you can see the end of the bed has a door on the left corner and the side (that won’t be against a wall) has a drawer, and cubby near the head.

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Here is a closer shot of the end door closed and the next picture of it open. Behind the door is a 10”x19” opening that is 80” deep.


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The drawer and cubby from a head angle. And then the drawer open but from a foot angle. The drawer is 10”x50” wide x 36” deep. I purchased two heavy duty 36” drawer slides from Rockler. They’re pretty good. The drawer is heavy, made from 3/4” plywood joined together in 3/4” routed slots made with the router. The sliders move in and out easily with one hand. The drawer opens much wider than this. It comes out to within 1” of he back end.

I will be installing a 1/4” sheet of plywood just slightly above the drawer so that pillows and puffs won’t get caught by the top style board when opening the drawer.

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The frame around the platform with ogee edge. You can’t see it but there is a 3/4” cove molding under the entire edge of the frame. The frame will stick out about 2-3” all around from the mattress. I have yet to cut the plywood that will cover the top. It won’t be installed until we’ve moved it into the house for weight reasons.

Next, Poly and then on to the headboard.

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



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Karson

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#1 posted 02-11-2012 04:21 AM

Very nice. I can appreciate the weight and the need to be able to move around the shop.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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#2 posted 02-11-2012 05:34 AM

nice work, you’ve been busy. looks like that frame will have alot of storage. and akwardly heavy,to move around. but once you put the finish on and move into place thats it. nice job!

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#3 posted 02-11-2012 11:17 AM

Actually, I’m planning on installing four 4” swivel wheels underneath it so that the bed is raised about 1/4” off the floor. Our bedroom size is such that it needs to go against the wall and moving it out once and awhile is important.

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

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ellen35

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#4 posted 02-11-2012 11:58 AM

That’s a great idea about the wheels, Dan. I wish store bought wooden frames had them (I know those cheap metal frames have them but you can’t move them anyway).
The design is really quite interesting. My cats would be in the cubby in a heartbeat!

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

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#5 posted 02-11-2012 03:45 PM

this has turned out really great dan, cant wait to see it in place with the bed on it…but dan…the shop floor is looking mighty dusty…your clean up girl must be slacking…lol…......that is what i love about our shops…..there ours, and we can leave it messy or maybe sweep it….our choice…....what color will you stain, or is this going to be clear coated…

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

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#6 posted 02-11-2012 08:22 PM

Grizz…. My shop gets horrible during a build but after each one I do a pretty good cleaning. Starts with a tool pick up and ends with the vac. Over the years though a thin film of dust has settled on everything. Even though I have plenty of air to blow it off a film still sticks. and as i acquire more stuff it’s getting cluttered. Almost time to rethink the layout. Some things should be moved for better room and flow and some things could be gotten rid of.

The finish will be clear polyacrylic, sprayed on 3-4 coats. I’m pretty much averse to using stain much. Love the wood the way it is. Just protect it and maybe shine it up a bit. After that I’m done.

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

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#7 posted 02-11-2012 08:34 PM

yea dan i dont use stain at all unless a customer ask’s, yea i have a film of dust too, but my shop has become full of wood, i have the are open to where my tools are, but areas that use to be open are now full of wood, small pieces to cut offs, i even have tubs that are full…i hope they find good use, if my kids ever get to them, they would probably get tossed…i better set up a will telling them to find a wood worker who will take and use them…but having our shops and letting them get dirt in a build is just great….....i dont have a good sprayer yet, its next on the list..right now all i need is glue and whatever i will use to finish my project with, well ive enjoyed this, cant wait to see the headboard…do you have it designed yet….grizz

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

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#8 posted 02-11-2012 08:42 PM

I already had a 60 gallon 5 hp compressor in the garage below the shop. I plumbed it up to the shop. It’s usually overkill for my pin nailer and such. But, when I began researching HVLP spraying I found out that it was what I needed for air. So, all I had to do was purchase a fifty dollar gun and I was in business. 5 minutes of spraying is like 30 minutes of brush time. You can do more with multiple coats because it’s so much less tedious. I use polyacrylic and it takes about 30 min to an hour to dry so a few minutes each hour for 3-4 hrs and the thing is done. Then it just cleans up by shooting about a pint of water through the gun out the window. I used to hate finishing now I love it. Makes it nice too because you don’t mind doing areas you might have skipped like the backsides of drawers or panels that won’t show much because it just takes a minute to add them to the job.

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

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grizzman

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#9 posted 02-11-2012 08:53 PM

yep you are right on that, what type of gun did you buy, i have a really small one and the cup is very small, i need something bigger, ive seen folks talk about the sprayer you can get from wood craft, ive seen it, it has the cup on top, gravity feed, and even charles neil has promoted it…so unless i find something else, i might go with that…ive brushed for many years, and am about done with it, even though the poly you use is more expensive, when it comes to clean up..using water goes real fast, its more friendly to our environment and it does put on a good finish…

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

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#10 posted 02-11-2012 09:02 PM

I looked and looked and decided on a couple. One was discontinued and another was perpetually backordered. So, I just went down to Lowes and bought one of their huskeys. So far I’ve put about 2 quarts of poly through it and it works great. If you’ve got the high volume of air then you’d save the price of the entire hvlp spray kit. But it takes a big compressor otherwise.

I also put an air gauge (got to keep it about 40psi) and a small water trap right on the gun. I’ve got a big inline water/oil trap but figured an extra at the gun wouldn’t hurt.

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

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grizzman

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#11 posted 02-11-2012 09:11 PM

well i just have a small comp…a 4 gallon unite, so i dont have a high volume of air…but my projects as of late are small also..so im goimg to look into it, i do want to use water base finish..paint thinner is getting expensive, use to be about 6 bucks, now its almost 10 for a gallon..ive also been using the spray cans of lacquer…problem with that is the fumes…it makes the whole shop smell when i spray in the winter…so its not a real option …well ill look into it…thanks for the chat here…when will the headboard be done, any idea…ill surly watch for it…how thick is the ice on the lake, do you ever ice fish…i use to when i lived in michigian…shanty fishing, it was great…have a great week dan…

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

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#12 posted 02-11-2012 09:18 PM

An amazing winter Grizz. Two shacks out on the edge. Usually a small city. Thin ice, NO snow on the ground. This is Maine mind you! weather often in the 40’s or higher during the day. I’ve used the snowblower once. Still some left of winter but I don’t know. No snow or cold in the near future anyway. I love to fish but pulling a fish out of a hole by a string with your hands in the cold isn’t my idea of fishing. To me you need a pole. Ah well some like it anyway.

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

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#13 posted 02-11-2012 11:18 PM

Looking better each time.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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