Classic style bed in oak

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Project by Randy Sharp posted 07-08-2010 06:06 PM 2547 views 13 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This classic-style queen bed frame was constucted from the Plansnow design. The plans were detailed and easy to follow. Rather than Cherry, I used oak to compliment the dresser part of the bedroom set I built last year. The finish is cherry stain and three coats of poly.

Raw materials cost: $380
Hours to complete project: 40

My deviations from the plans included:
- making the headboard and footboard posts three inches taller to accept an additional memory foam topper on the stock mattress.
- rather than cutting dadoes and gluing up two boards to create a through mortise in the rails, to take the slats, I used full 6/4 stock and mortised. Those buying these plans will understand when they get the plans in hand.

The curved top rails presented a challenge for the slats, using the mortise and tennon method. Those considering this project will do well to cut a full 1/2” mortise for the top rail. Otherwise, it becomes tedious work cutting curved shoulders on individual slat tenons. Using the loose tennon method for the top curved rail will save a ton of time and headache.

Thanks for looking.

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#1 posted 07-08-2010 06:31 PM

This same bed frame is on my to do list.
Looks good, guess I have to get rollin.

-- Doug...

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#2 posted 07-08-2010 06:35 PM

love the bed its to bad the “decorative pillows” cover the head board portion. Speaking from experience my wife love those pillows and they cover the head board. That is another crucial part of the frame. I’d like to build one of these as well when i get the time. When i do i’m going to make sure that the head board is taller so “decorrative pillows” don’t interfear with the design.

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#3 posted 07-08-2010 06:42 PM

Very nice bed project. Alot of work…
My wife has requested that I build us a mission style slat bed and TV stand/storage to match. I built her a desk and bookshelf in this style and she most certainly seems to be hooked on slats.

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#4 posted 07-08-2010 08:17 PM


I have the plans. Now i need the ambition and money for wood. I am also probably going to build from oak but so far I do not have a local source for 6/4 stock.


-- That was not wormy wood when I started working on it.

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#5 posted 07-08-2010 08:32 PM


Thanks for the tip on the mortises.

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#6 posted 07-08-2010 09:09 PM

beautiful. My wife has said she wants me to build a new bedroom suite out of cherry. I haven’t convinced myself I want to do it as we have a nice set now. Store bought, but nice.

-- woodNfish

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#7 posted 07-08-2010 09:37 PM

Great looking bed and modification ideas.

-- Dust to more Dust -

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#8 posted 07-09-2010 12:33 AM

Classic look and very well made. Rest comfortably.

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#9 posted 07-09-2010 02:00 AM

Great Lookin Bed

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#10 posted 07-09-2010 03:48 AM

Thank you for letting me see what my bed is going to look like. I was planing on making a bed similar to this. You did a beautiful job. Thanks for posting and the inspiration to get it done.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#11 posted 07-09-2010 03:51 AM

Great looking bed well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 07-09-2010 04:14 PM

Very nice – a major project. Something to enjoy for years.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#13 posted 07-10-2010 03:44 PM

Looks more like mission style, with some extra trims. Very nice. I enjoy project that take some time and thought.

THe comforter really compliments the wood

-- Live by what you believe, not what they want you to believe.

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#14 posted 07-16-2010 07:07 PM

Very nice project. Be proud!

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#15 posted 08-01-2013 12:22 AM

Beautiful! I’ve added it to my favorites for a future project.

-- Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. However, when you can, you should with wood!

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