|Project by Justus||posted 03-11-2009 02:58 PM||1703 views||0 times favorited||6 comments|
Big box stores in Germany usually don’t stock hardwoods and one of the few exceptions to the rule that you only get spruce is douglas fir for use in verandas. You can buy posts 70×45 mm, battens 48×28 mm and riffled boards 120×28 mm, length up to 2.5 m. So that was the material to chose from.
Like in most of my projects, the joinery was again chosen to be 3D-puzzle-like, i.e. all boards are shaped and then only plugged together. The force necessary to keep everything connected and rock solid is provided by two straps wrapped around the bed, providing on the same time a strip of colour. The web clamp locks are hidden behind the front piece / visible from the back only.
Since I don’t own a lathe and precut cylindrical rods are pretty expensive around here, the rods are 12 mm copper plumbing pipes. In my opinion they make a nice contrast to the douglas fir. They are just inserted into the holes drilled into the bed rails and squeak when turned – quite to the joy of the toddler, a bit to our annoyance when he is awake and playing at night.
The oblique-angle joinery used to connect the top rails was chosen to be easily cut – but proved to be difficult to get exact enough. I wouldn’t do it that way again. The straight angle joinery on the bottom proved to be more apt in the end. In the end there are few examples of oblique angle joineries known – it dawns on me why.
When I carried it home rom my studio I appreciated the wisdom to make it a knock-down bed – it it quite heavy and would have never fitted a small Euro-sized car.
Again, a beginner’s project. Detailled plans (sketchup) available.