|Project by purdueboy||posted 11-20-2015 06:23 PM||1645 views||9 times favorited||11 comments|
I just finished my visit woodworking project. I built a queen size headboard, foot-board, and side-rails. I used 4/4 wormy maple for the majority of it. I used 5/4 hard maple for the side-rails and I used 3-1/2” x 3-1/2” soft maple on the vertical posts. I used Rockler surface mounted bed rail hardware . The hardware works well and gets good reviews. I used Rockler center bed rail fasteners. I bought the material from Northwest Lumber. I have attached a couple PDF’s which show how I built the bed. My box spring was 60” wide x 79-1/2 long. I built the frame so that it was 60-1/2” wide and 82” long. This allows for future variations in box spring dimensions. Also the extra 2-1/2” in length allows for the mattress sheets and duvet cover to tuck into the foot-board. For finishing, I sand the raw wood with 80, then 120, then 180 grit sandpaper. Then I applied (4) light coats of Deft spray can gloss lacquer. Then I sanded with 400 grit sandpaper, and applied another coat of lacquer and let dry. I repeated the process of sanding with 400 grit sandpaper 2 more times, until I had a total of (7) coats of lacquer. I found the Deft spray lacquer to be a very easy product to use. It only took about 4-5 hours of sanding and spraying. I do recommend using a respirator though. I did this on a nice day with the garage door open and about 65 degrees.
I hope someone else can use my plans and/or improve upon them. Happy woodworking! Please let me know if you have any questions.