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Collapsible maple & cherry bed

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Project by Spelcher posted 01-24-2017 05:40 AM 1631 views 14 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally just about finished moving my shop after many months and am running out of excuses, so it’s time for my first project post.

Here’s my recently finished queen size bed that’s completely collapsible with no metal fasteners. Dovetails at the ends of the centre rail and the middle slat help to add rigidity. Legs are cherry and sides are bigleaf maple. Centre rail is red oak and slats and slat supports are spruce. Finish is two coats of Tried & True Danish oil.

Assembling the two short rails requires some care in pushing down evenly, as if a rail is skewed, it would be easy to bust off an end of a half lap (?) joint, once it’s together, though, it’s quite sturdy.

-- Jason





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BigFredLab

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#1 posted 01-24-2017 04:59 PM

Awesome Bed.

Quick question: What are the dimensions of the side rails and slats?

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#2 posted 01-24-2017 05:29 PM

Elegant!

Beautiful joinery and design.

-- -Jim, "Society is well governed when its people obey the magistrates, and the magistrates obey the law." -- Solon

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Spelcher

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#3 posted 01-24-2017 06:10 PM

Thanks!
Rails are 1×7 and slats are 1.25×3.5”

-- Jason

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#4 posted 01-24-2017 08:43 PM

very nice project, job well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#5 posted 01-24-2017 10:35 PM

A great solution! Would you be able to post pictures of the bed apart, or maybe just one joint so I could get a better idea of how it went together?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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Spelcher

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#6 posted 01-24-2017 10:52 PM

Thanks guys…

Yep, here’s a closer view of the joints on the ends of the rails and the centre support

and one of the tops of the legs (forgot to mention the centre leg is Douglas-fir)

And one of the centre support installed

-- Jason

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Mark Shymanski

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#7 posted 01-24-2017 10:55 PM

Fantastic! Thank you very much, this is my newest favourited project!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#8 posted 01-25-2017 01:35 AM

This one shows the dovetailed centre slat.

-- Jason

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#9 posted 01-25-2017 03:53 PM

nice work

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