Wife hated our old bed

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Project by Billy E posted 08-21-2015 12:26 PM 3154 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So my wife really hated our old bed for several reasons. First, it was hardly a bed at all. Just a steel frame to hold the box spring off the floor. And it was bent. And it seemed that when we laid on the bed, the whole thing would fold up like a taco. So, I worked on something better. I don’t like box springs so I made this bed a platform bed. Most of the material is walnut. The arched panel on the headboard is butternut. The side rails, the arched rail at the footboard, and the slats are white oak. Thanks for looking. I’m happy with it. More importantly, my wife is. No more taco bed.

-- Billy, Florence SC

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#1 posted 08-21-2015 12:32 PM

Really nice. I bet this one won’t bend. In fact, I expect it might last a few generations.

-- Ride the bevel!

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#2 posted 08-21-2015 12:32 PM

Very nice, Billy. She ought to love this one.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 08-21-2015 02:22 PM

The headboard design is really nice. I like the walnut. It is making me think I should make a new bed.

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#4 posted 08-21-2015 03:46 PM

Really nice, an improvement for sure.

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#5 posted 08-21-2015 11:53 PM

Nice bed dude. I was wondering how the headboard is put together. It’s hard to tell from the pics. I have got to get busy and get one of these pretty quick,but I am still trying to pick a design. I think yours is the simplest and would be the easiest to build in a small work area. Will you take some more pics ,where the rails and the headboard attach. Thanks.

-- "The pursuit of perfection often yields excellence"

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#6 posted 08-22-2015 12:14 AM

The bed turned out awesome-love the walnut. Great design & build. Someday I would like to get the time to try making a bed.

Thanks for sharing.

Bill in MI

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#7 posted 08-22-2015 01:58 AM

Love it. How about letting us know what she thinks.

-- Noel

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Billy E

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#8 posted 08-24-2015 12:44 PM

Thanks for the kind compliments. My wife is very happy with it. I uploaded a couple of additional pictures to show how the headboard was made.

-- Billy, Florence SC

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#9 posted 08-25-2015 07:44 PM

Taco beds are no fun at all. This one wont do that to you.

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#10 posted 03-23-2016 09:28 PM

That’s a brilliant build, I love how the butternut and the walnut accent each other nicely, where do you get butternut around here? I know where to get walnut 3.14$ a bf but he doesn’t carry butternut, without driving to Columbia.

-- John Darlington Sc

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Billy E

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#11 posted 03-23-2016 11:05 PM

Hi John,
Sorry to say I had to order the butternut on eBay as a slab. Where are you buying wood around here? I get a fair amount from Roy’s in Lugoff.

-- Billy, Florence SC

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