|Project by JLYoung||posted 01-24-2008 04:12 PM||7305 views||8 times favorited||24 comments|
I made this Craftsman style bed for my wife and I last winter. It was a big step up from a matress on the floor!
I use plainsawn red oak for my Craftsman projects because white oak doesn’t grow in my part of the world. (Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada) I suppose I could order it online but I don’t have the courage to buy such expensive wood sight unseen.
Anyway, the bed is made from a plan I purchased from wood magazine http://woodstore.net/misfur.html
and modified into a king size and to get rid of the center support. Each spindle is mortised into the the stretchers and planed to fit tight. I know there’s an easier way using fillers but I chose to do it the hard way.
The side stretchers are 1 1/4” thick and 6 1/2” deep. There a 1” x 1 1/2” ledger on the inside bottom that support a series of 2×3” cross pieces that have a 1×4 glued and screwed to the top to make Tee beams.
The legs are made of 3 – 3/4” inch pieces laminated together. Before gluing them though I recessed a T-nut into the middle piece to accept the 5” x 3/16” bolts I use to bolt the stretchers to the legs. The bed is rock solid and doesn’t so much a wiggle.
I finished the bed using two coats of varathane mission oak stain and two coats of minwax satin wipe-on poly.