|Project by Ron Henricksen||posted 11-24-2010 05:40 AM||1543 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
When my son Teddy graduated from High School we agreed to make him a queen sized bed. Ran out bought a bunch of Cherry, downloaded plans from Wood Magazine, and talked at length about how we would modify the plans. Now three years later, I have the tools to complete the project, the knowledge to do it right, and it is in fact done. The entire bed is cherry except the inside runners for the mattress support which are 2×3 poplar and the support itself is 3/4 MDF with a center support system thanks to the advise of Chris from wwbeds. In the end we are very happy with what we produced. The arch in the top and matching arch in the bottom are our biggest modification. Finish is 1 coat sealcoat followed by 4 coats of satin gel poly. Sorry about the pictures but it was hard to find a place to backup and take good pictures.
The mattress guys delivered the mattress today and we got it setup in his room. This was a great piece to learn how to deal with working with large lumber. In my 10×10 foot work area I have lots of ways to put a dado or rabbit into a 12 inch piece but a 65 inch piece of 1 1/2 thick stock was a real challenge. I did a lot of waiting until I could buy the right router bit, or chisel to get his done.
-- Ron, Aptos, CA