|Project by Carey Mitchell||posted 02-05-2017 03:40 AM||1820 views||5 times favorited||13 comments|
Our granddaughter wanted a bed with drawers; she finally found a photo and a plan she liked. I had to resize the drawings from a queen to a full size mattress. I found several other issues with their drawings/specs, such as pieces being shown as different sizes on different pages; parts joined in configurations that made no mechanical sense or visual sense, etc. – you get the picture.
It is constructed in 4 sections, the head and foot boards, which are connected by boxes that house the drawers. The gap between the boxes is bridged by slats.
This was a plan for a farmhouse bed; it was heavy looking and just plain “clunky” looking to me, so I added a number of enhancements to reduce the “clunky” appearance. First, the posts were fluted to make them appear slimmer for a little girl’s room. The edges of the top pieces of the head and foot boards were routed to eliminate the boxy look. Molding boxes give some visual interest to otherwise bland slabs. I added Chippendale style feet to the posts to add interest to the lower posts. The drawer fronts got cockbead moldings to protect the plywood edges from damage and to enhance the appearance. Also added small moldings inside the the edging on the drawer faces; this and the cockbead gives depth to the otherwise flat drawer fronts. All intended to improve the appearance and make it more acceptable for a girl.
The posts were glued up from poplar. The top pieces are maple for durability. The head and foot board slabs and the long boxes housing the drawers are all 3/4” maple plywood, as are the drawer fronts. This thing is seriously heavy !
The finish is 2 coats of sprayed acrylic primer, followed by 2 coats of satin lacquer.
This was a lot of fun and the esthetic challenges were really interesting. Two neighbors have asked for beds for their daughters, but it will be a while.
Someone asked about the cockbead molding. This is a molding traditionally used around the perimeter of drawers to protect the edges, especially those with veneered faces. It also adds aesthetic appeal by defining the drawer edge; while doing so it also helps hide slight variations in the gap around the drawer. In this case, the drawers were designed with flat, simple, boring faces, see drawing. The 3/4” maple plywood edges would have been quickly damaged on the back side, though protected on the front edges by the 1/4” facing pieces, so I went for the cockbead, which is really simple to make. A also added a molding inside the 1/4” facing to add visual interest and to get further away from the flat look.