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Walnut Platform Bed #1: The wood and initial assembly

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 07-27-2012 09:39 PM 2706 reads 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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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.


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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.
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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.



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ShaneA

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#1 posted 07-27-2012 10:05 PM

Great start, you are off and running. Nice looking well lighted shop too!

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Philip

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#2 posted 07-27-2012 10:15 PM

Looks fantastic. And I wish my bed was that well supported.

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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Craftsman on the lake

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#3 posted 07-27-2012 10:15 PM

Thanks, the shop sometimes seems small for bed making though! I highly recommend recessed light fixtures used in hung ceilings. I boxed them in and with diffusers they certainly assist older eyes like mine.

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

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#4 posted 07-27-2012 10:20 PM

Great start.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#5 posted 07-27-2012 11:17 PM

im really going to like this floating bed, and walnut is my favorite hardwood to work with, ive got a lot of it, and have plans for many projects with it…and just a so you know, i just got 3/4 of my truck bed full of wild cherry from the sawyer…and it is drop dead beautiful….....the sad part is i have to wait for it to dry…so now i shall count the days…lol…...cant wait to see how your bed comes out…grizz

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

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#6 posted 07-27-2012 11:35 PM

Lucky guy Grizz….. the wait will be worth it. I’ve actually got 8 eight foot 6×4 walnut sections in my attic. All quartersawn. I’ve had them since 1976. I just don’t have a bandsaw powerful enough to slice them up!

-- 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 07-28-2012 02:39 AM

Great start on the bed. Nice looking build.

-- 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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Andrew

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#8 posted 10-16-2012 11:00 PM

I’m quite inspired by this one.

-- If you don't start building your dreams, someone else will hire you to build theirs. Mr. Mente, Shop Teacher, Milwaukee

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