Arched Bed #1: Design Sketchup

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Blog entry by newTim posted 09-19-2009 06:54 AM 6078 reads 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello jocks and jockettes… it has been awhile since my last project, still I’ve been keeping busy. This is the first entry in a new series on the Arched Bed. If you’ve seen the copper patina gates you know where I got the idea, or as my brother said, “you’re turning your gate into a bed.”

The backstory is I had built a bed a couple years ago but since that time we got a Sleep Number bed. Well the new mattresses are each 10” tall so the old bed is like sleeping on stilts. What a great excuse to build a new bed, huh? Well I wanted to make a kind of a platform bed with curved corners on the footboard to minimize the chance and severity of collisions with my shins. I also wanted to try to match my nightsands, experiement further with bending wood, and incorporate the copper patina panel. I also wanted to learn more about Sketchup. The bed is made out of maple with a jatoba toprail. At least it will have a jatoba toprail when I can find a piece. The side rails and footboard are 1” x 8”. The corners of the footrail are bent around a 2 1/2” radius. So how do you bend 1” thick maple around a 2 1/2” radius? See hint below.

If anyone wants a copy of the sketchup file please let me know. Next entry I’ll go into some of the geometry and caculations of the chord, rise, radius, and arch length using a spreadsheet I downloaded from a fellow woodworker and the Sketchup program.

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-- tim hill

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#1 posted 09-19-2009 02:18 PM

Great sketchup work. Very detail. Like the design of the bed also. Did you draw the mattress or is that an item in sketchup? I’m new to using sketchup,

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#2 posted 09-19-2009 03:44 PM

The mattresses are just rectangles with round corners that are pulled to the 10” height. The pattern on the mattresses is a carpet(?) texture from the materials library. You can probably find a closer match somewhere like the 3D warehouse. The patina panel is from an actual photo I pulled in to the Materials library using the Paintbucket tool. Google/Sketchup has a bunch of great how-to videos. Also search ‘Sketchup for Woodworkers’.

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#3 posted 09-19-2009 08:56 PM

Nice design!

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