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Arts and Crafts Wedge and Strap Bed #7: Platform Support Boxes

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 354 days ago 1278 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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The platform support features ten plywood panels that transfer the load straight to the floor. One corner is knocked off, so it won’t be visible under the arched sides of the bed.

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My wife and I worked on assembly of the carcase. We started by gluing and screwing five panels to the side rail. The top of the panels are flush with the groove in the side rails.
A lower strip of plywood is then set into notches in the panels.

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Then another strip fills the top notch in the panels. Strips are assembled with glue and brads initially, and reinforced with 1-1/2” screws.

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The height of the lower strip is important, because it also functions as a ledge for mounting the drawer slides. I planned for the lower strip to be level with the drawer opening, which saved me some blocking material that you would normally use.
Also note how the lower strip has been arched to make it less visible under the footboard.

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I also trimmed several inches off the bottom of the panels near the footboard. This worked well visually, and didn’t seem to compromise the strength of the box.

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Here I used double panels to function as mounting locations for the drawer slides.

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At this point the whole assembly feels quite strong, yet I don’t feel like I have wasted any material.

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I added some corner bracing for extra stability, which will also serve as anchor points for the plywood platform. A right angle clamp is useful while aligning the brace.

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The corner braces are located on interior corners, so they won’t interfere with tightening the bed bolts.

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Next I make some plywood supports for the center section of the bed. The supports bear weight on the lower strip, and are simply screwed to the panels. The support near the double panel required an extra-long notch to fit it in the tight quarters.

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3/4” Plywood decking slides into grooves in the side rails for a nice snug fit. These grooves support the edges of the decking, which is another way I saved on materials. Two long pieces of plywood running lengthwise form the decking—- one 45” wide, and the other narrower at approx. 16”. This way the seam is supported by the top strip on the box.

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A small notch around each headboard post allows the plywood to slide in place.

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I held the decking back a few inches from the footboard. This will provide some space for tucking in the covers.

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There will be two drawers on each side of the bed. The third bay is a false panel.

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With the decking in place I counter bored and marked for threaded inserts with a pilot bit. Machine bolts will hold the plywood decking in place.

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Next up will be the four drawers. Cheers!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush



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#1 posted 338 days ago

Love all the supports and details. its going to be rock solid.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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