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Royal Bed Project - Queen-Sized

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Project by pastorglen posted 01-15-2012 10:40 PM 2501 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bed project was a “first” for me on several fronts:

  • This is my first Kreg Jig project (nothing like jumping right in)
  • This is my largest design project
  • This is my first drawer project—12 to be exact!
  • These drawer fronts were made on the table saw with a cool jig I whipped up

One of the pictures shows that it’s built in parts. The platform is built in three sections. Both sides (17” H x 24” D X 81” L) are identical but opposites (if that makes sense). At the head of the platform is an opening with a door. The rest of the platform has six drawers, for a total of 12 drawers.

The drawer fronts were made on the table saw with a jig that slides over the fence. I’m sure most of you have already done this same thing, but I learned how to do it on this project—and still have all my fingers. It’s all good.

Since this is a queen-sized bed, the spacer in the middle is currently about 13” wide and really just keeps the two side cabinets spaced and in place. I hope to build an additional unit there with one drawer that slides out at the foot of the bed. Even though it’s currently dead space, it’s not really needed at this time. The great thing about the spacer is that it can be increased or decreased as needed. For example, if we ever expand to a king sized bed, I would simply make an enlarged spacer. If we went to a full size bed, I’d make a smaller spacer. Actually, it can even be reduced to two twin sized beds with just a little modification.

The head board is alternating oak boards and oak plywood. The plywood is stepped back 1/4”, which gives it the Arts & Craft look I was aiming for.

This was a GREAT learning project, and I’m already planning a few other pieces for the bedroom to complete the set.

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."





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Beginningwoodworker

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#1 posted 01-15-2012 11:05 PM

Beautiful bed, you did a good job.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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pastorglen

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#2 posted 01-15-2012 11:07 PM

Thanks, Beginningwoodworker!

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#3 posted 01-15-2012 11:18 PM

Glen,

This is a great job! These beds really utilize the wasted space of a bed in a very practical way with all those handy drawers.

Don’t you just love that pockethole jig? They sure help to get some projects past the “planning” stage. Can you imagine how many projects would never get done if the only joinery method was mortise and tenon?

You’ll have to post your jig that you used to make the drawer fronts too. I would be interested in seeing that.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#4 posted 01-15-2012 11:40 PM

That’s one sweet bed nice work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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doncutlip

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#5 posted 01-16-2012 01:53 AM

MEGA wow on that one, I really like it. The wood is just beautiful, the grain pops and it fits in perfectly with the surroundings.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 01-16-2012 02:27 AM

Really fine job man. Big project. Big Results

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#7 posted 01-16-2012 04:17 AM

Great looking bed. I really like the face on the drawers.

-- Rob V

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pastorglen

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#8 posted 01-16-2012 04:50 AM

I looked for a lot of options on drawer fronts and one thing was certain: I did not want it to look like a high school shop project! I’m not sure that it’s all that fancy, but I think it’s in keeping with the Arts & Craft style we like. Any modifications are minimal, but they seem to have turned out well.

You all are very encouraging. I appreciate the feedback.

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#9 posted 01-16-2012 11:55 AM

Well executed. Love the drawers underneath. Very nice.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#10 posted 01-16-2012 01:33 PM

I love it and will possible steal your idea someday, great job!

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#11 posted 01-16-2012 04:23 PM

Great idea! It’s like the old water bed styles, except without the 1980’s look!

Thanks for posting!

-Jim; aka “Stumpy Nubs”
(The greatest woodworking show since the invention of wood is now online!)

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#12 posted 01-17-2012 05:26 AM

Great job Glen. That’s a beautiful piece. Well done.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#13 posted 01-17-2012 05:48 AM

Thanks, Wayne!

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#14 posted 01-28-2012 11:53 AM

Great Looking bed. The wife has been bugging me to build one for us.

Larry

-- arnies

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#15 posted 08-25-2012 09:38 PM

nice work. Ty for the post

-- God is good..All the time

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