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Platform Bed #6: Finished

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 02-18-2012 09:40 PM 4358 reads 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today I put casters on the bed and sanded and sprayed the headboard with four coats of polyacrylic. The casters are rated at 225 lbs. each. I got the locking ones because they were out of the ones without locks at Lowes. The price was about the same. I’ll never be able to get to the locks or need to use them anyway. I put the bed own and it rolled smoothly. It’s pretty heavy, must weigh 200-300 lbs I’d guess. The only thing left to do is cut the plywood for the top that will be put on AFTER it gets into the house. I’ll post in projects after it’s in the house and set up.
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Casters


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finished bed head

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



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redryder

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#1 posted 02-18-2012 10:24 PM

Your headboard looks great. I have some of those casters and they have given me a fair amount of grief. One always seems to get in the locked position no matter how many times I make sure they are all unlocked and ready to roll…..............

-- mike...............

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Craftsman on the lake

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#2 posted 02-18-2012 10:25 PM

Red: I’ve been thinking of taking my grinder and removing the little locking tab. Looks like I’ll probably do it as it will only take about 10 minutes.

-- 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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#3 posted 02-18-2012 11:32 PM

I love the style in the headboard. The figuring in the wood just adds so much to your design.
Nice work, Dan.
Ellen

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

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Karson

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#4 posted 02-18-2012 11:52 PM

Dan: It’s looking great. You might want to superglue your locking levers in the unlocked position. They seem to vibrate into the lock mode.

Opening and shutting drawers might do you in.

-- 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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grizzman

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#5 posted 02-19-2012 04:03 AM

lookss great…when does it go in for set up and sleep…

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

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Craftsman on the lake

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#6 posted 02-19-2012 04:11 AM

Ha, that’s another story Grizz. I’m going to screw two 10 ft 2×4’s to the bottom and top of the bed as it’s on edge to carry it in on our shoulders like a gurney. Gotta wait for my nephew to visit so that he can take one end. No rush, we have a bed now.

-- 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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#7 posted 02-19-2012 04:18 AM

oh i thought you maybe had 2 flat dollies to put5 it on, and wheel it in, but that means your wife would have to be pretty strong to man handle that beast…lol,not likely when do you think he will be around,,

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

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Craftsman on the lake

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#8 posted 02-19-2012 04:20 AM

Got to go down and up a few stairs getting it in from the shop. It might be a week or two before he gets down here.

-- 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 02-19-2012 04:22 AM

well no bigy, since you have a bed already….maybe while it sits there, you might get some re design ideas…lol…...time to clean up and now what….

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

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a1Jim

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#10 posted 02-19-2012 04:33 AM

Wow Dan that looks like one killer of a bed,very cool.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Craftsman on the lake

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#11 posted 02-19-2012 04:45 AM

Thanks Jim, We’ve never had a bed other than a metal frame. I usually work in raised panels but this one was for us so I could take a little liberty and try something different. The space in the bed, i.e. 50” drawer and end cabinet is to try and make up for the extreme lack of storage space in our cottage. As I remodel the entire place I figure that if I build in storage when I can it could help make up for it.
The only other bed I’d made was for my daughter and more traditional.

Someone mentioned to me that the 2×4 framing is overkill, and I agree. 3/4” pine would have been fine but my method isn’t much heavier, is strong, and very cost effective as long as you realize that you’ve got to joint and plane some of the lumber to straighten it.
The entire build was sort of out of my head after thinking about it for awhile. It came out pretty much like I wanted with some needed adjustments as I needed them.

-- 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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#12 posted 02-19-2012 05:23 PM

Like the headboard a lot and the rest looks really good too. Looking forward to seeing it in the room.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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fernandoindia

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#13 posted 03-14-2012 05:38 PM

Great job Daniel Thanks for posting this blog.

-- Back home. Fernando

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