The platform bed will have large, what I call wings, on the sides and foot. I glued a section of walnut on the side wings up near the head. These will serve as as sort of side tables. the wings are 5/4 in thickness and have recessed trays in them. I chose an ogee edge for them and routed the outer edges of the ‘wings’
Using a tray or bowl cutting bit the depression was routed using both a bearing template of mdf and a simple sled to clean out the inside of it. I love routing and the ease of sanding walnut. It just works so nicely with tools.
The finished tray
There might be considerable pressure on the sides so these angled knees will be placed at the corners of the bed and spaced around the edge. Between the glue and the long screws that will be used it should hold things up. I think…..
The unusual thing about this bed, beyond that it is floating, will be the LED lighting. I’ve ordered 16 feet of bright LED’s on a strip, along with controller, power supply (12 volts) and remote control. The LED strip will be cut into three sections and glued in a notch routed to the underside of the ovehanging wings. The LED’s are rgb so using the controller, a wide range of colors can be obtained. The lights can also be dimmed, strobed, or sequenced to rotate through the colors. The strips will have 4 pin connectors for when the bed is disassembled. If you knew my daughter you’d understand why she might like this. She’s creative and tends towards the more unusual, outside of the mainstream stuff. These are also a good tutorial for me as I’m planning on incorporating some of this lighting on the undersides of windowsills when I do some house remodeling this winter.
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