Bubinga Queen size bed frame

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Project by kjb007 posted 12-18-2011 10:11 PM 5353 views 9 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I finally got around to posting my first finished major project. Its a queen sized solid bubinga bed frame finished with 5 coats of tung oil. I designed it to be used with just a mattress, and no boxspring. I currently have a 10” thick mattress which puts the surface of the mattress 21” above the floor, or just around the height of my knees. It works for me. I did use mortise and tenon joinery on the head and footboards, which turned out to be a little challenging cutting the tenons on the headboard pieces because they were so long. Mortises were made with drilling and chiseling. (As I side note, I now it looks like its time to replace my cordless drill batteries as they no longer hold a charge – although it may be time for a new one altogether). I am actually pretty happy with the surface mounted keyhole brackets from Rockler too. The fit was very snug and didn’t leave a gap.

I only used my table saw, chisel set, cordless drill, and random orbital sander to make the project. Since then I’ve picked up a planer, am now researching band saw models and will be making a coffee table for a friend. All in all it was a fun project to build that I wound up sketching out while sitting in an airport on work travel waiting for my plane.

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#1 posted 12-18-2011 10:56 PM

Beautiful job on the bed.

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#2 posted 12-18-2011 11:00 PM


-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#3 posted 12-18-2011 11:04 PM

Nice bed, looks really solid, must have been quite an investment in wood.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 12-18-2011 11:54 PM

Beautiful bed. Great choice of wood too.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#5 posted 12-19-2011 12:27 AM

VERY VERY Nice!!! Grat work how long did it take to build?

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#6 posted 12-19-2011 01:33 AM

That is a gorgeous bed frame. Well done, Well done.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#7 posted 12-19-2011 02:08 AM

Very impressive! Beautiful with the Bubinga! I like the height.

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#8 posted 12-19-2011 11:34 AM

This might be a silly question… but what’s holding the mattress up?
Great looking bed, looks solid and I love the design!

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#9 posted 12-19-2011 04:14 PM

Thanks, everyone, for the comments!! I think it took me about 2 and a half months to complete once I actually had the wood in my “shop.” I pretty much worked on it every weekend and maybe about an average of an hour or two in the evenings after I got home for work. I could definitely do it faster if I tried again, now that I have a large jig for cutting the long tenons, and just have a better understanding of making them fit in general.

As for the floating mattress…..I used magic!! I wanted to see the frame in place before setting the mattress height, because I was a little concerned about having it too low. I countersunk 2” x .5” strips of birch into each of the bubinga side rails and recessed 2” birch slats into .5” notches cut across the strips across them. I put 3/4” plywood across the entire thing since I am using a memory foam mattress that would otherwise “sink” into the slats. I may still have some photos of this assembly, I’ll see what I took later. And it was a pretty solid investment, lumber was around the 400 mark.

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#10 posted 12-19-2011 07:36 PM

Nice work, I like the wood you chose.
Now that you have a planer you can save some cheese on your next lumber purchase.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#11 posted 12-21-2011 06:35 AM

You could never buy one in that type of wood thats another reason why I enjoy making my own furniture its one of a kind. Very nicely done.

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