|Project by 865||posted 10-12-2016 09:54 PM||709 views||0 times favorited||5 comments|
This project started out as just the headboard, then I added a footboard. I had intended on using existing metal rails, but my wife suggested I make wooden ones to match. The bed is finished with a light cherry stain to even out some of the colour variations in the cedar, then topped with 3 coats of rub on polyurethane. The bed is made from 4×4, 2×6, and 1×6 dimensional cedar. The only 4×4 I could find were treated, so the colour is off a little. I would not recomend using them. I drew up a rough sketch in CAD to get the proper dimensions to fit a queen bed. The I started with the headboard and footboard which are moritse and tennon joints between the 2×6 and 4×4, with a dado in the 2×6 for the 1×6 boards to fit into. Then I placed another 2×6 on top and screwed in down, then filled the holes with plugs and sanded them off. The rails are 2 – 2×6 glued up with a piece of 1.5”x1.5” along the bottom to hold the box spring. I forgot to take pictures of the bed rail fasteners, they are hidded in the pictures. I was happy with how they turned out and they were relatively easy to install. Best part of all, the bed doesn’t even squeek!
I discovered a few things I would like to do better next time. First, I used tongue groove cedar boards that have a V-groove on one side. They look nice, but I was unsure weather to assemble the bed so you see the V-Grooves while standing at the end(foot) of the bed, or while laying in the bed ? Secondly, the 6” boards had some cupping to them which made it difficult to fit into the dado? Any suggestions there ? Lastly, I spent a lot of time sanding and probably could have spent longer. What’s the best sanding process? Sand each part before assembly then a final sand after ?