I’ve built a bed for my oldest daughter and one for the wife and I. My youngest, finally on her own after college with a job and an apartment requested a bed too. My first was a raised panel oak bed. Ours is a maple platform with storage beneath it. This one will be very different. A floating platform bed.
She requested Walnut and curly cherry. I went to look over the wood at Highland Woods in NH and decided that the curly cherry had very little contrast to the walnut so I chose to use some shorts of reddish jatoba they had. I will also incorporate some maple along with the jatoba into the bed head. BTW.. My first time using walnut. It’s expensive. To expensive for mistakes for sure!
Here you see some 4/4 and 5/4 sections.
I’d like to show you a diagram but I’m afraid it’s all up in my head. This will be the most complicated build I’ve done though. Fingers crossed on this one.
After jointing and planing the wood I began assembly.
The bed has to come apart. I thought of many things including bed connectors specifically made for this. I used them with success on the oak bed I’d made. Instead I decided on metal threaded inserts. I used aluminum angle stock to reinforce and bolt the sides together.
Here the bed is upside down. I’ve made an internal frame that the platform will rest on and the mattress will insert about 4 inches into the sides.
Since this will be a floating bed, a bed that appears to float above the ground, I have made legs that are recessed from the sides of the bed. You’d have to bend over and look underneath to see them. they fit into slots on the side of the internal frame and carriage bolts will help hold them there and give lateral structure to the sides. More to come…..
-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.