Cedar Queen Bed Frame

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Project by Ben posted 10-12-2016 09:54 PM 1827 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 ?

-- Woodworking minus patience equals firewood

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#1 posted 10-12-2016 11:14 PM

Looks great – i’m a sucker for cedar all around
I like the look and the scent from working with it – just have to protect from dust of course

I like the V-groove facing out so you see the grooves on both boards when standing at the foot of the bed.
It will add a structured detail by contrasting straight lines to the organic and natural array of knots and grains

only thing i can think of for the T&G is to mill stock flat first then add the T&G
worst case if you already had T&G stock and no access to a jointer and it wasn’t too bad a cup you could rip in half, flip and re-glue and then sand out the high spots because cedar is very easy to shape

thanks for sharing

-- Greg Simon

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#2 posted 10-13-2016 03:52 PM

Nice project, looks great. I agree with your decision of footboard direction, both headboard & footboard match when your in the room.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 10-13-2016 08:25 PM

This is definitely a nice bed. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 10-14-2016 08:14 AM

Very nice looking bed!
And sometimes(!) the wife is right. :) It looks much nicer with wooden rails than it would with metal rails.

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#5 posted 10-16-2016 10:52 PM

If you keep sharp knives in the jointer and planer and set them accurately and go slowly there should be minimal chatter marks to sand, basically you decide how closed you want the grain and stop there. Nice work and design.

-- dshute, Warsaw, New York

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