|Project by Dorje||posted 03-18-2008 03:56 AM||12906 views||44 times favorited||26 comments|
I finished up this Cherry (queen) platform bed yesterday…Poplar is the secondary wood. There is no headboard, I might eventually build one, but right now we wanted the platform. So, the two leg assemblies are pretty much the same. Legs are 2 1/2” square from solid 12/4 stock. Rails and stretchers are 1 1/4 thick, 6” wide and 8” wide, respectively. The stretchers join with the legs via mortise and tenon joints drawbored with walnut pins. Each tenon was notched in the middle, and cut into two separate tenons to allow room for expansion and contraction, versus, one 6” wide tenon.
This all took more time than I thought it would from the get go (story of our lives, eh?), but came together fairly well. I used this type of fastener to connect the rails to the legs:
Here are the mortises for the fasteners in the legs and ends of the rails:
Although, you don’t have to use a center rail and leg on a queen, I decided to do it because I used 3/4” stock for the slats.
I used this type of center rail hardware to make assembly dissassembly easy:
Here’s what that looks like installed on my bed:
And, the center leg; I used a 1” dowel to give the screw from above some long grain to hold onto. I used this same technique at the ends of the rails (though that took three at each end):
-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA