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Project by SubtleEpsilon posted 02-23-2016 03:37 AM 1249 views 14 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey there, first time posting of a project. This project is basically a copy (an homage?) if you will to silverhalo’s “Asian Inspired Platform Bed”. except done in black walnut and without the fancy carving. My wife and I both loved the design and it was my first major project on my own after taking a couple of classes. I mucked about with it in Sketchup for quite a bit getting things right and designed it to take a California King mattress. All the black walnut is 8/4 (planed to 7/4) with one coat of Seal-A-Cell and four coats of Arm-R-Seal and a final rub out with paste wax and 0000 steel wool. It’s nowhere near ‘perfect’ (all those n00b warts hiding in there) but I like it. Thanks to silverhalo for the inspiring design. I’ve seen several other people out there wanting to copy your design for themselves.

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#1 posted 02-24-2016 04:15 AM

Looks great! But I am surprised you didn’t add a center leg for a California King mattress.

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#2 posted 02-24-2016 04:20 AM

Thanks. That was the one last thing that concerned me but everything seems ok. All of the slats are 1” kiln dried douglas fir that I got from Lowes as 2×4s and planed down to thickness. We need to change the mattress we have out for a proper cal king (just have a king now) so I may do that then. Right now looking at adding a headboard to it.

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#3 posted 02-25-2016 03:41 AM

I think you should be good for now, but yeh add the center leg when you get the new mattress.

Regarding the headboard, do you plan to attach it to the frame or just hang it on the wall?

Also, would you be willing share the dimensions of rails and build technique?

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#4 posted 02-25-2016 06:17 PM

For the headboard, I’m looking at a bit of figured slab about 19” wide that I’ll attach to the rear cross rail with posts. I imagine adding a bit of lean back angle to it so you can actually sit there and read use a laptop comfortably.

I can send you the Sketchup document if you want. Just PM me. The hardest part was obviously the legs. They’re just 3 pieces of of the 7/4 cut out and routed using templates. This was actually where I had the most trouble because (a) the notches were six inches deep and (b) I’m a n00b. I cut out most of the waste with the bandsaw first and then went in to clean it up at the router table. I found it tough to try to clean out the rounded corners in the notches with a chisel after this so I just used the bandsaw again. The decorative rails I just glued on and used my pin nailer to control the alignment. I also glued in the support rails and used my brad nailer to do the same. Worked out fine. Then I added a lot of screws to the support rail. I spent a lot of time taping out everything to control the amount of squeezeout cleanup I had to do. In retrospect, I should have made some kind of alignment jig when gluing up the 3 pieces that make up the legs. I thought I was doing ok there but two show a small bit misalignment. I also eased most of the edges with an 1/8 roundover bit. Anything larger than that seemed too much.

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#5 posted 02-26-2016 03:42 AM

Thanks for the details on the assembly. I would love to build one myself. I am sending you my email address in a PM.

Again, thanks for sharing the plans.

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