|Project by Lenny||posted 07-17-2014 02:07 PM||1757 views||2 times favorited||18 comments|
How long does it take to make a bed? By “make” I of course mean in the woodworking sense. Would you believe it took me 11 years to make this bed? Allow me to explain. When my daughter turned 16, 11 years ago, my wife asked if she would like to re-do her bedroom as it had an old fashioned and outdated look (wallpaper etc.). My wife also asked if I was willing to make a bed for her. I was happy to do so. I was receiving Workbench magazine at the time and showed my daughter an heirloom bed featured in one of the issues. She liked it but only wanted the headboard. She and my wife tried to explain that the bed spread shows more and has a certain look with just the headboard and a metal frame. As a woodworker I could not imagine forgoing the footboard and side rails but, I complied and made only the headboard. Red oak was my daughter’s wood of choice and with the exception of the ball on top of the posts, I made the headboard pretty much to the design in the magazine. However, the plans offered dimensions for twin, queen and king sized beds. I had to make adjustments as it was to be a double sized bed. The author of the article made his from cherry (see photo). It’s mostly mortise and tenon joinery and I finished it with Minwax golden oak stain and a few coats of satin polyurethane.
Fast forward to last summer. We renovated my daughter’s bedroom to make it a guest bedroom. Since my wife wanted it completed quickly, we bought the furniture. [Cue Rodney Dangerfield: “I don’t get any respect!”] I set the headboard aside with plans to finally make it into a full bed. About a month ago I purchased the lumber and started to make the footboard and rails and completed it just last week. I could not find my old magazine but found the plans online and purchased them. The rails are attached via hangers sold by Rockler. One side is mortised/screwed into the posts, the other, into the ends of the rails. If I had it to do over again, I would set the rails lower because, as it is now, with a box spring and mattress, you practically need a ladder to get into the bed.
-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI