|Project by Smed||posted 10-11-2010 06:51 PM||4616 views||28 times favorited||32 comments|
So I am not a woodworker by any stretch of the imagination even though I have worked for Osborne Wood Products since 2003. I got married about 3 months ago and really wanted to make something for my wife as a “wedding present” so I thought that I would venture to create a piece of furniture in our shop. The one thing we did not have that we really needed was a bed, I had been sleeping on a single. So Trish, my wife, and I designed a bed that I thought would not be too difficult to build and that we both liked. This proved harder than expected, so did picking out the wood and color, but eventually we agreed.
I constructed the rails first, she really wanted tall rails that covered most of the mattress and box spring, I ended up making the rails 16” high not including the 1.5” rail below to hold the box spring. The head board and foot board were the most tricky parts I had to deal with. The panels are made out of 3/4” mahogany plywood and the rails are out of 8/4 mahogany. I really wanted big square posts instead of turned posts so I constructed the 6” x 6” butt joint posts. To make sure the head and foot boards were securely attached I screwed them into a board of the post before I constructed the post. So inside each post are 10 or so screws going into the side of the head or foot board. The rails are connected on to the posts by brass bed hangers. The square feet on the bottom of each post is attached my boring a hole through the bottom of the foot and screwing up into the post. The caps are simply glued and bradded in place. I finished it in a couple coats of teak oil. The wood has already become darker than when I built the bed and I expect it to get even darker.
-- Christian Smedberg, Director of Marketing, http://www.osbornewood.com