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Walnut Platform Bed #2: Wings and disco lights ??

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 07-27-2012 10:13 PM 2169 reads 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: The wood and initial assembly Part 2 of Walnut Platform Bed series Part 3: Wings and wing support »

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’


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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.


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The finished tray


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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…..


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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.

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



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Alexandre

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

LOL no shirt?
Are you naked in your shop???? :P
How hot is it there?
I thought I saw your router sweating… Sawdust.

-- My terrible signature...

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#2 posted 07-27-2012 10:19 PM

Ha! nope I’m wearing a bathing suit. My shop is on a lake. After I’m done I just dive in and all the sawdust washes away. It’s about 80 here and I’ve got the AC on in the shop otherwise I look like I’ve been tarred and feathered except that it would be sweat and sawdust. I don’t recommend sandals though. I’ve dropped more things on my toes!

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

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#3 posted 07-27-2012 10:24 PM

One rule:
Never wear sandals while using a chisel.
You know what would happen if you dropped it, or it slipped? :P?

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#4 posted 07-27-2012 11:02 PM

yea i was sorta worried there dan…i thought maybe you were now living in some kind of commune..lol…..project is looking great…stay cool…...

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

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#5 posted 07-27-2012 11:05 PM

Actually, i cropped the picture to cut the belly out.. not pretty, not pretty at all. And with that hair Grizz… I’d make a good hippy huh?

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

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#6 posted 07-27-2012 11:23 PM

yep, good thing the days of flower power are at rest for the time being, and all of us fat ole hippies who dont have the hair anymore have to crop our pictures to impress…lol…..and even though i have a good amount of walnut, i make sure i save every little bit for the what if or the need just a small piece…its one wood that is not being wasted around here…..grizz

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

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#7 posted 07-27-2012 11:25 PM

P.S…i agree with you , i dont think walnut and cherry would be the best in the contrast area, ill post the pictures from todays work, cleaning and putting the cherry away, stand by…more to come .

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

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#8 posted 07-28-2012 01:53 AM

Very creative bed can’t wait to see it finished as well as photos along the way. I live at a lake but not on the water and get some strange looks when I take a dip after wood working .

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill http://www.sandhillwoodworks.com/

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#9 posted 07-28-2012 02:02 AM

i dont live by a lake at all , so by the time i get to the lake, ive gotten so hot that all of my clothes are gone, and i to get some strange looks…lol…....just kidding of coarse, i always need the disclaimer, for those who dont understand my humor…lol

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

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#10 posted 07-28-2012 02:42 AM

Lots of nice embellishments.

-- 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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#11 posted 07-28-2012 09:33 PM

That is too funny. The bed looks great. Can’t wait to see it floating and lit up.

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

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#12 posted 07-29-2012 03:38 AM

well Dan im hoping the next part will be filmed in cooler weather, not that i cant handle your lack of head hair, but the rest is , well i can enjoy clothes , verses not…lol…..this design will be quite interesting…...

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

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