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Project by Russell Eck posted 05-24-2016 04:56 PM 2850 views 8 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished my modern style platform bed after about a year of chipping away at it. The reason it took me so long was that I wanted to try my hand at veneering and figured a bed of this style would be more stable over the years if it wasn’t made of solid wood.

The bed consists of 5 pieces (two end tables and three rails) that are attached using hidden bolts underneath. I constructed it all out of 3/4 plywood. I then did all my own shop sawn veneer where I cut all the veneer out of 1 inch thick curly maple on the band saw. Then I drum sanded down all the veneer to 3/16th inch thick. Veneer was then glued to make bigger panels. Needless to say it was a lot of work to make it happen.

The actual veneering process was what took the most time and am happy to say that I wont be doing anything of this scale ever again with it. I don’t own a vacuum press or bag so I basically would put all the glue on both the plywood and the veneer back, lay it on once it got tacky, then put a 3 foot by 8 foot piece of 3/4 plywood on top of it then stack boxes on top of it that probably was around 300+ pounds. I would then let it cure for 24 hours, removed all the weight, trim with a router, then roll the rail 90 degrees and do the process all over.

So one rail would take me a minimum of a week to do. I started veneering in fall but had to stop once the temperature dropped below 70 degrees since that was the minimum the glue needed to cure. I used Pro-Glue made by Vac-U-Clamp because of it’s properties. It is a urea resin glue and cures ultra hard which means I will never have to worry about the veneer moving or creeping. I was able to finally finish this project this last week due to the temperatures finally hitting the 70 degree mark again.

I will one day make a headboard for it out of upholstered white leather and I still need to attach the drawer fronts. I learned a lot in this project and will hopefully get some of the “In Progress” photos up soon!





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majuvla

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#1 posted 05-24-2016 05:16 PM

I realy like this low profile bed design. Entire room looks great and very classy.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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pottz

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#2 posted 05-24-2016 11:04 PM

well it sounds very time consuming but it looks like it was worth the wait too me your design for the bed and whole room rocks man,you must be a bachelor though it is very manly,my wife would have to girly it up and ruin the whole feel.great job.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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Russell Eck

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#3 posted 05-24-2016 11:55 PM

Thanks for the kind words! I am actually married and we just so happen to have the same taste in decor and color schemes haha

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SuperCubber

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#4 posted 05-25-2016 03:39 AM

Very slick! I agree, gorgeous room altogether. Nice work!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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helluvawreck

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#5 posted 05-25-2016 02:05 PM

You did a real nice job on this bed.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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Cricket

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#6 posted 05-25-2016 04:16 PM

I absolutely LOVE that room!

-- "Show respect even to people who don’t deserve it, not as a reflection of their character, but as a reflection of yours."

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Russell Eck

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#7 posted 05-25-2016 04:57 PM

Thanks! If you go back a few projects you can see what it used to look like with some before and after pictures and the description of all the work I have put into it. It has taken me about 6 months of hard work to transform it.

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kila6mk

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#8 posted 08-01-2016 03:21 PM

Really awesome and think that leather headboard would really put it over the edge, do you have any plans available for this project with material specification?

-- Michael, South Africa, OSK Fine Modern Furniture, www.thenandnowinteriors.co.za

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kila6mk

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#9 posted 08-01-2016 03:24 PM

Really awesome and think that leather headboard would really put it over the edge, do you have any plans available for this project with material specification?

-- Michael, South Africa, OSK Fine Modern Furniture, www.thenandnowinteriors.co.za

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Russell Eck

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#10 posted 08-12-2016 05:28 PM

kila6mk

I have the project drawn up in sketchup as well as the materials I used.

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kila6mk

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#11 posted 08-13-2016 12:28 PM

Do you have a link where I can find it and would you mind sharing? Kind regards Michael

-- Michael, South Africa, OSK Fine Modern Furniture, www.thenandnowinteriors.co.za

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