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Project by Chris Davis posted 09-09-2007 08:10 PM 4038 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bed that was finished on 09-08-2007. It has a lot of storage options. It features an extra deep bookcase with pull out storage located under the headboard. This one also has six drawers of storage on one side of the bed. It can accommodate another 6 drawer unit on the other side to.

I also tried a new way of connecting the headboard to the platform. On each side, I drilled for two dowels and a hole all the way through for a draw type bolt. (see photo below)

The platform is made from ¾” MDF with a hardwood edge. The Maple edge is attached with biscuits and pocket screws. The 45 degree corners were doweled with two dowels.

The finish was matched to a customer’s drawer. I use a NGR Red Mahogany dye to darken the maple and then I used a regular wiping stain to give it the color and pop the grain.

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#1 posted 09-09-2007 08:17 PM

Nice looking bed Chris. I like the looks of the bed, and all the storage units. I bet this will be popular.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#2 posted 09-09-2007 08:22 PM

I would think it would be popular. I don’t sell a lot of them. I list a really cool black lacquer one on my Kid’s Furniture web site.

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#3 posted 09-09-2007 08:22 PM

Very nice Chris. Your bed designs are always attractive, and functional.

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#4 posted 09-09-2007 08:27 PM

This is what my wife has been wanting for several years. This is the best looking platform bed that I have seen.

-- Dale, southeast Misouri

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#5 posted 09-09-2007 08:31 PM

excellent!! LOVE multiuse items – this has lots of storage!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 09-09-2007 10:43 PM

Another great one, Chris. Post as many as you like. We enjoy every one.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 09-09-2007 10:57 PM

Chris I’ve got a friend at the Mason-Dixon Woodworking club. he made a bed similiar to yours but he put a full length drawer in the end that went between the side drawers on each sides. He made it for extra pillows and blankets.

A nice design.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 09-09-2007 10:59 PM

Nice job. My brother-in-law is almost finished with a very similar bed. He used a Woodsmith plan. I like the display space on your’s. WoodSmith’s headboard was all cherry, but stained two contrasting shades. Well done.

-- Jeff, South Carolina

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#9 posted 09-09-2007 11:37 PM

Karson that is a great idea. I’ll have to put that in the next one.

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#10 posted 09-09-2007 11:40 PM

Jeff, I’d like to see that, expecially with the contrasting colors.

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#11 posted 09-10-2007 03:20 AM

Good job Chris the multi functional drawers, and hidden spaces is a kids dream. Very cool. Very nice. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#12 posted 09-10-2007 04:58 AM

Very nice. I am planning on building a platform with storage for my bedroom.

Question: How do you determine which matresses will work without traditional boxsprings?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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