Platform Bed

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Project by emetric posted 07-05-2016 05:06 PM 1518 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this bed for my son Gabriel from 2x lumber and some 4×4 material reclaimed from a pallet. I have to say that I am quite pleased with the outcome. I went with a simple design and simple materials but was still able to produce what I believe to be a very nice piece of furniture. The side rails come from (2) 2×8s, the head and foot board came from (2) 2×12s, and the posts were reclaimed from a couple of pallets. I used a festool domino for the joinery between the head/foot board and the posts. I opted to set the domino on its widest setting and made custom dominos to fit in order to have larger tenons. The rails are joined to the posts with mortised in knock down hardware. The mattress support rail is half of a 2×4 with dadoes for each support to sit in and secured with two 2” screws per slat. The slats that make up the mattress supports are (13) 2×4s that were on clearance at the big box store for a little over $1 each. The bed is stained using Varathane Traditional Cherry stain and 2 coats of lacquer. Thanks for having a look.

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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#1 posted 07-05-2016 05:46 PM

Very nice build from big box construction lumber, came out great. Looks like the same color as the night stand, your work too?

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#2 posted 07-05-2016 07:56 PM

+Oldtool Yes that is also my work it is actually a desk, just haven’t had time to post it yet.

-- Dread Knot Wood Shop

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#3 posted 07-05-2016 08:32 PM

Wow – Very Nice. The finish you used makes that 2x Pine look great. I will have to make a note to try that myself.
Great Job.

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#4 posted 07-05-2016 11:00 PM

Love the clean look! nice man!

-- James Wright, Rockford IL,

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#5 posted 07-05-2016 11:31 PM

Great looking platform bed! I’m sure your son really enjoys having a nice bed in his room!

-- Dean

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#6 posted 07-06-2016 06:05 AM

” I am quite pleased with the outcome.” As you certainly should be. Good work!

-- jstegall

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#7 posted 07-06-2016 01:47 PM

Excellent! Both beautiful and practical. From looking at the first photo, I would have never guessed it was made from construction lumber.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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