Platform bed

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Project by Dadof5 posted 03-01-2011 09:02 AM 11608 views 27 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a king size platform bed I built for a military family that moves alot. They wanted a bed that could be put together quickly without bolts or screws. I used 2” thick oak for the frame and maple for the slats. The underbed drawers were made of 3/4” oak and cedar lined bottoms. I had a picture the family had given me but know plans, so I drew up plans of my own. I see here on LJ there are several variations of the leg joinery. However, at the time I was building this I couldn’t find any plans. I used a dovetail joint to secure the skirt at the head and foot. Next was the interlocking head board and foot board that each sat on top of the skirts. The bedrails then locked the head and foot together along with a center support that was dovetailed into the head and foot skirts. The bedrails had spacers for the slats. I joined the slats together with furniture webbing so they could be rolled up into a bundle and easily unrolled to fit the spaced slots on the bedrails. The drawers are on casters for easy access under the bed. The top of the bedrails were just 11” from the floor. The drawers were 5” deep. The head board was the tallest part of the bed at 18”. It took me 150 hours to complete. The stain was golden oak and the finish a gloss poly.

-- Dadof5, Indep. MO

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#1 posted 03-01-2011 11:23 AM

OMG that first pictire is a woodworkers pr0n :)

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#2 posted 03-01-2011 02:53 PM

Nice joinery work. I really like your solution to keeping up with the slats. Thanks for the post.

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#3 posted 03-01-2011 03:29 PM

Nice design, bet it weighs a ton. That’s what makes it cool. Great joinery.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#4 posted 03-01-2011 04:22 PM

Looks great, I love the way the corners are done.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#5 posted 03-01-2011 04:47 PM

Wow. What awesome dovetails. This could hold lots of folk. Thank you for sharing.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#6 posted 03-01-2011 05:13 PM

Awesome! I really like the look of a nice platform bed. You’ve done an excellent job. Nice joinery!

-- Josh, Virginia ,

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#7 posted 03-01-2011 06:44 PM

Looks like a huge burr puzzle. Very cool. Did you design it or find the plans in a Japanese joinery book?

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#8 posted 03-01-2011 09:11 PM

Ingenious design, and beautiful work.

I am sure that you could sell or license the design to a furniture manufacturer if you ever wanted to.

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#9 posted 03-02-2011 02:14 AM

Good work, i’d sleep in it!

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#10 posted 03-06-2011 04:24 PM

Nice Job!!!! l always wanted to do a bed like this but couldn’t find plans. Do you have any advise for me? Thanks

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#11 posted 03-06-2011 11:48 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone.

Clarkey, I’m not sure I’m too good with giving advice. When it comes to making projects without plans I study a picture, if there is one, and try to figure out how I would take a project apart. I usually make a few sketches and then start labeling pieces. Once I’ve figured out what parts are involved, then I start adding demensions. Once I’ve completed that, I’ll begin writing out procedures and the order of things. I keep my notes close by once I start the project, because it’s always trial and error when doing something the first time. I make notes about any adjustments in demensions, procedures, order of procedures, if a special jig would make something easier, or any other ideas that might pop into my head. I try to be detailed in my notes, in case someday I want to make the project again. If I don’t write it down, I don’t remember it later and then I’m spinning my wheels trying to figure things out again. So I guess the best advice I can give is to keep a notepad handy and write everything down. Even if you have plans you’re bound to do somethings different, so write it down. All of my purchased plans have notes written all over them. I hope this helps some.

-- Dadof5, Indep. MO

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#12 posted 03-21-2012 02:45 AM

Dude! Awesome joints, awesome problem solving!

-- Adam Scudder Woodworking

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#13 posted 05-10-2012 02:50 AM

So i used your idea, skipped the dovetails tho, made an open frame side apron for drawers, sits 9” tall and half-laps with the solid foot/headboards within the leg posts, made it all out of ash, have yet to make the drawers but as is, it’s solid. Oh the platform itself is plywood, with a 1-1/2” pine frame underneath for rigidity and an ash rail mitered around. I’ll post pix when the drawers are in, like next year haha

-- Adam Scudder Woodworking

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#14 posted 05-12-2012 02:55 PM

Adam, I’m honored you gave my design a shot. Can hardly wait to see the pics. I’m interested in the changes you made. Go ahead and post a few pics. I bet it looks great.

-- Dadof5, Indep. MO

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#15 posted 07-07-2012 04:55 PM

Very nice joinery! I like the way you stamped the mating pieces so the assembler doesn’t have to trial fit all the possible mating pieces. If I make something like this, I will stamp a number on them that corresponds to the order of assembly, so no written instructions are needed.

Very nice work, Dadof5!

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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