Craftsman Bed

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Project by JLYoung posted 01-24-2008 04:12 PM 7699 views 8 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hey Guys,

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
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.

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#1 posted 01-24-2008 04:14 PM

Wow, that is a good looking bed. Looks like “the guys” are happy with it, too.

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#2 posted 01-24-2008 04:42 PM

Beautiful job!

I hope the real owners don’t mind sharing with you and your wife.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 01-24-2008 04:42 PM

Absoluetly the most beautiful dog bed I’ve ever seen! – nice work, that’s how you convince the wife you need more tools!

-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#4 posted 01-24-2008 04:55 PM

Amazing display of craftsmanship… and patience. Did you count those spindles? Very nice job.

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#5 posted 01-24-2008 05:13 PM

Great looking bed and it seems that the royal court of the house approves as well, aren’t dogs a joy.

-- Hope Never fails

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#6 posted 01-24-2008 05:35 PM

Nice. Very Nice. I’m days away from starting my daughter’s bed…any suggestions? Things I should avoid, include, etc?

-- Measure with a micrometer, mark with a crayon, cut it with a chainsaw.

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Grant Davis

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#7 posted 01-24-2008 06:21 PM

Very nice addition and it appears to be occupied by a few happy squatters already.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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#8 posted 01-24-2008 06:47 PM

Excellent bed!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#9 posted 01-24-2008 08:32 PM

I like it! after building one similar, I know how much work it is to do all those spindles!!! It looks awsome!

-- Shane, Guttenberg, Iowa

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#10 posted 01-24-2008 09:13 PM

Great looking bed!

I’m betting those spindles took a very long time to fit them all.

-- Still learning everything

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#11 posted 01-24-2008 09:15 PM

Beautiful bed.

-- Andy Stark

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#12 posted 01-24-2008 11:23 PM

Very nice job JL.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#13 posted 01-25-2008 03:14 AM

I have the plans from the same magazine. My daughter wants me to build it for her so Iam saving up for the White Oak. I only hope mine turns out ok you set the mark quite high. Good Job.

-- Billp

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#14 posted 01-25-2008 03:30 AM

Job well done! I would like to make a bed like that for my daughter.

-- Joe Heskett---Illinois

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#15 posted 01-25-2008 04:30 AM

Very nice job. Any guess on how long this project took you to complete?

-- I cut it twice and the damn thing is still too short!@#$%

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