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Queen Platform Bed in Curly Maple

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Project by matt garcia posted 1271 days ago 2569 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I had more pics of the bed in progress on my smart phone. The images were too big to post, so you guys will just have to take my word that it is curly maple! I’ll post more pics later.

This bed started out as a take my time project, since the online mattress company quoted me a three week delivery on the mattress. Nine days later, they were on the phone ready to deliver!! So I had to get busy!! It was a platform bed building marathon!!

The show wood is all curly maple from Rockler. The secondary wood is poplar. All of the lumber is 4/4 thick, except the legs, they are 1.3/4” down from 8/4 stock. The bed is supported by angle iron that is screwed to a 1” nailer board, and the head and foot boards are double mortise and tenon joints. I purchased a shoulder plane a few years ago, and have never used it. Although I did put an edge on the iron, and tested it. The mortises were cut, and the tenons were then cut to fit. I left the tenons oversized, in order to shoulder plane them to a perfect fit. The side raills were installed with bed hardware from Woodcraft, with special thanks to Dorje’ for his beds inspiration and the heads up on the hardware!! I would’ve bought the hardware from Rockler, but they were having a sale on cherry that week!! Cherry is my weakness!!!!

The finish is once again, Transtint medium brown, BLO, and garnet shellac, and then two coats of furniture wax. The mattress is a Simmons Beauty Rest Firm Pillowtop. My first night’s sleep was AWESOME!! Enjoy!!

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-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX





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Beginningwoodworker

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#1 posted 1271 days ago

Nice looking bed, Matt.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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lumberdustjohn

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#2 posted 1270 days ago

Nice work!
Let me know when the other pics get loaded.
Thanks for posting

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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Ben

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#3 posted 1270 days ago

You never cease to amaze. Great project Matt! It is possible to build an excellent piece with normal wood but, impossible to build a masterpiece (as you have)with run-of-the-mill lumber.

Keep sorting through those stacks of lumber. It is certainly worth it . I have never seen a bed with that kind of figure at any furniture store.

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tdv

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#4 posted 1270 days ago

Nice one Matt & you’ll sleep peacefully knowing that your Marshall cabs are within easy reach of your very comfortable bed lol
Best
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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lumberdustjohn

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#5 posted 1270 days ago

Beautiful woodgrain.
Thanks for sharing

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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matt garcia

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#6 posted 1268 days ago

Thanks everyone!! I do appreciate your kind words!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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Beginningwoodworker

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#7 posted 1268 days ago

Matt, thanks for the updated pictures.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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DavidFisher

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#8 posted 1266 days ago

It looks great. What did you use for the platform that holds the mattress up?

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matt garcia

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#9 posted 1266 days ago

David,

The bed is supported by a 1.1/2” angle iron, drilled to a 1.1/2”x1” nailer to the side of the bed rails, and to the head and foot board. Then 2 pieces of 3/4” plywood is laid down on the angle iron, and screwed to the iron from underneath. There are 2 8/4×6” supports under the plywood to eliminate sag. Once the plywood was screwed to the angle iron, this bed frame became rigid, and solid. I can’t tell you how much better I sleep now on a new mattress!!

Matt

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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Bob A in NJ

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#10 posted 1165 days ago

Matt,

Nice sleek looking design, kind of out of your normal period style furniture. The wood choice is appealing for sure. It’s fun to have a use/project for all the new tools.

Being under the gun for delivery is no fun but your sure work well under pressure. Looks great.

Glad to see you’re back in the shop. Nothing better than a good night’s rest!

Cheers!

Bob

-- Bob A in NJ

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