|Project by JasonD||posted 12-24-2011 11:10 PM||2512 views||3 times favorited||1 comment|
My son needed a new bed and asked me to build one for him.
I’d never built anything that big before. Everything in my shop is sized for medium-to-small projects; my bench is only 62” long. The side rails of his bed (including the length of the tenons) is over 80”. That made for a few challenges, but it was a fun project, none the less.
I built this without plans. My son searched the web for a style that he liked and he decided on a Japanese low-stance bed frame. I printed one of the pictures he chose, made a few sketched, measured his mattress, and got to work.
I wanted it to join with all-wood joint; no screws, nails, or bolts were used. For the record, I have nothing against mechanical fasteners, but I wanted the challenge of tackling the design he chose with just wood to wood knock-down joinery.
I had a big delay midway through the project dealing with bilateral hernias (from exercise, not related to building this).
It was built 99% with hand tools. I used my bandsaw for two long rips (rough cutting the side rails).
The wood is yellow pine (longleaf). I ripped it from the outsides of 2×12s to get the desired grain orientation. The joinery is bridle joints that overlap between the footboard / headboard and side rails. There is a mating notch at each intersection of the tenons. The finish is two coats of a milk paint wash (thinned 2-to-1) with a few coats of shellac on top (2lb cut of dewaxed orange).
There were a lot of first in this project for me. It was the first time I’ve ever used bridle joints, milk paint, and shellac in a project. The milk paint was mixed fresh from Old Fashioned Milk Paint powder and the shellac was mixed fresh from flakes bought from Shellac.net.
The pictures are:
#1 – the bed installed in his room
#2 – jointing an edge on one of the side rails
#3 – cutting one of the side rail tenons
#4 – a quick dry fit outside of my shop (there wasn’t enough room in my shop to put it together. lol)
#5 – close up of the joinery
#6 – close up of the finish; showing the overlapped bridle joints
Sorry that some of the pics are blurry. They were taken with my phone.