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Project by Lee Barker posted 12-17-2010 07:10 PM 3022 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built of 6/4 red oak with walnut accents, this project was designed and built in tandem with the client, a skilled amateur with no shop. There is Rockler hardware for a center rail which runs under the slats (5) and has a center adjustable food. (The Cal King beds have a two piece box spring, so center support is required.)

Overall width at the cap is 85 1/2. Foot height: 34 3/4; head height: 48 3/4. The panels are 4 3/8 with 1 5/8 spaces.

In the last image, the reason this piece will be forever referred to as “The Bullet Bed.” That’s a lead slug which presented itself upon straightlining one of the planks. The client insisted we include it in a visible place.

Finish will be oil/varnish, no color.

12/23: Added some images after the oil/varnish. Greater warmth with every coat. The contrast with the walnut popped—we were very pleased with it all.

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"





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Max

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#1 posted 12-17-2010 07:17 PM

A nice looking bed. Looks really sturdy. I would like to see it with the finish on it. I have come across bullet’s in wood while milling also. I once found an old clothes line pulley embedded in some walnut that I had milled.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Lee Barker

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#2 posted 12-17-2010 07:25 PM

Thanks Max; I will get some shots of the bed finished.

I just started a forum topic in Wood about bullets—bullets, pulleys, all the same—here. Add your story if you’d like.

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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Denappy

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#3 posted 12-17-2010 07:26 PM

Very nice work, looks sturdy and well built. Would love to see pictures after it is finished!

-- -=Den

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#4 posted 12-18-2010 07:20 AM

Thats a nice looking bed.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#5 posted 12-18-2010 04:03 PM

Great job!! Looks great.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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ScottAlan

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#6 posted 12-25-2010 07:01 AM

Nice bed!
I have a question. I’m finishing making my first bed frame. It is a mission style queen. I’ve built the side rails, headboard and foot board. I made super strong 1” rails inside of the bed frame on all four sides (dado, glued and screwed every two inches into the frame).

My thought was the box spring can rest on all 4, inner 1” rails on the insides of the bed frame. Do I NEED to put stretchers for support across the bottom of the box spring space? I figured the box spring is made of wood and could sit inside my bed frame, on the strong edge rails I made. My bed frame is super strong. Am I off base here?

My first bed,
Scott

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Lee Barker

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#7 posted 12-25-2010 03:43 PM

Hi First Bed Scott—
Well, you’ve overbuilt, which is preferable to the opposite.
You don’t need stretchers.

Think Hollywood frames: two pieces of angle iron on each side. They support a queen or king just fine. The slats from side to side are a vestige of the old coil spring days; I included them in this design because of the California King setup with two box springs.

Also, next time, know that your rails would hold fine with glue only. A flat grain joint, glued properly, is stronger than the wood itself. Screws might help locate, or clamp, but they add nothing meaningful in the way of strength.

Jeff Miller’s book on beds is a great reference book. Congrats on your project—do we get to see pics?

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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Lee Barker

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#8 posted 12-31-2010 07:01 PM

The Finished Project in Context!

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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Liggy

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#9 posted 04-13-2013 06:16 PM

nice overall look ! way to go!

-- Liggy, at woodlaughs.com

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