A Frame & Panel bedframe for 'the niece'

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Project by Luddite posted 01-28-2018 03:51 PM 484 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Fall 2017

This project was for the #1 Niece, not that she’s the best just the eldest.

I used red oak for the frame, designed to fit around a Zinus 14” metal base. This is a big step up for ’#1” since she’d been using mattress on the floor for several years. She said it was easier for the kids to plop in bed with her.

So construction was very straight forward. Frame was to fit a queen size base and mattress. Color was to be darker to match the flooring. Mortise and tenon with panels in a frame.

Prepared the frames by tenon jig and then mortised the rails with the Powermatic mortiser. Dadoed the rails and stiles to accept a .25” rabbited panel. I was lucky to get some nice red oak the was 15/16’s thickness. I’d planed these down to 7/8’s. The post’s were fat 8/4 chunks I milled to true 8/4 by 3”. The mortises for the posts were laid out and cut. Surprisingly they all fit nice and snug. Side rails were 5/4. Joined to head and foot boards with large brackets. Thought about using traditional bedrail hangers but these added more support.

I hate staining wood. So, with that said I pre finished the pieces prior to final assembly. I sanded to 600, pre stained the oak to help reduce the ‘pop out’ of the grain and then stained using General Finishes ‘Spiced Walnut”.
Several sessions with the stain and when totally dried several rubbings of Waterlux gloss varnish.

Assembly went as most do, “I hope this still fits…”.

Delivered to ”#1 niece” on the far far side of Tucson. Everything fit in the truck bed (Tundra) just fine.
Now, on to projects for #2 niece and maybe one for me.


-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#1 posted 01-28-2018 06:13 PM

Very very nice! Thanks for the share.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#2 posted 01-28-2018 10:02 PM

Terry, the frame looks great. This was a bit of a diversion for you since there is no mesquite involved. :D

-- Art

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#3 posted 01-28-2018 11:44 PM

Terry, the frame looks great. This was a bit of a diversion for you since there is no mesquite involved. :D

- AandCstyle

Thanks Art. Mesquite would’ve been fun, no staining, but lots more $$ and heavier.

-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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#4 posted 01-29-2018 03:08 AM

Excellent bed, Terry !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#5 posted 01-29-2018 02:27 PM

This is a beautiful bed and I’m sure that your niece loves and appreciates it. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 01-29-2018 02:53 PM

Very Nice and Well Done Terry!

-- Real MEN! Measure Once! Cut Once! Then head back to the Lumberyard. (Rick, Ontario, Canada)

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#7 posted 01-30-2018 02:05 AM

Nice work!

-- Brian Famous :: Charlotte, NC ::

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