Raised platform bed made of Walnut and Cherry 1.0

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Project by Jamie McDonald posted 02-27-2012 08:07 AM 4671 views 18 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first real woodworking project completed Christmas of 2010 with the help of my Grandfather. We had been talking about doing this for years. Grandpa had the Amish in Wisconsin saw the cherry into useable lumber. The project is made of Cherry and Walnut. The headboard uses a cleat and it mounts on the wall. I used quarter sawn Walnut in the headboard.

I spent a lot of time thinking about how I wanted to make this bed. There were a number of dimensions that were critical to me. For example, being a relatively short sized bed (Full) I wanted a tall person to make use of as much of the mattress length as possible. I designed the headboard so that the pilows could sit into the headboard a few inches. A couple inches makes a big difference sometimes…. I was also concerned about the overall length. I have a habit of pulling the sheets out of the end of the bed at night. I wanted to make sure the dimensions supported snuggly fitting the mattress just enough so the sheets wouldn’t come untucked. There are many other little things that I put thought into as all woodworkers tend to do.

I consider this guestroom bed to be a “practice bed”. I am trying to learn necessary skills before I take on the task of making a complete bedroom set for the master bedroom. My wife has had a hard time understanding why I have been focusing so much energy and time on a room that is hardly used and doesn’t really improve our life that much. I think anyone that remembers what getting started in this hobby / profession was like can completely understand my method of approach. Yes babe, the master bedroom is next… I just wanted to make sure that when you kicked me out, I had a comfortable place to sleep!

The finish is Waterlox. I used a lot of glue and a mile of sandpaper. The side rails mount to the headboard and footboard with mortised in brackets. All major panels are floating panels. Structural integrity and quietness was the initial primary consideration for the project. There is no box spring. The cat absolutely thinks I made it for him.

I spent 2 weeks completely dedicated to this project. 7am to at least 8 pm. I couldn’t have made it without my grandfathers help. I think we both learned a lot and grew closer on this project.

-- Jamie McDonald, Buford GA

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#1 posted 02-27-2012 09:22 AM

Massive glue up! Looks solid as a rock. My guess is the pictures don’t do it complete justice. Your finish looks impeccable. Bravo!

-- "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what others say you cannot do."-Walter Bagehot

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#2 posted 02-27-2012 12:08 PM

Beautifully done, that’s one high quality bed & looks rock solid

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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#3 posted 02-27-2012 04:09 PM

very nice design. I love the legs.

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#4 posted 02-27-2012 04:18 PM

Wonderful design and good build.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 02-27-2012 06:45 PM

I love the contrasting use of different woods, especially in the legs (foot-board).

-- bhagg, Palmyra, NJ

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Jamie McDonald

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#6 posted 02-27-2012 07:25 PM

Thanks for all the comments guys. My intention was for it to be a rock solid bed with no creaks or noises…. that was my first design priority. Thanks again.

-- Jamie McDonald, Buford GA

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#7 posted 02-28-2012 12:16 AM

Love it – great combination of wood and color, bold design, nice warm tones. great job

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#8 posted 02-28-2012 05:29 AM

love the contrasting laminated legs. I might have to try this on a shoe bench im working on.

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#9 posted 03-10-2012 02:38 PM

That is a huge cat. What do you feed that thing?

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Jamie McDonald

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#10 posted 03-11-2012 08:59 PM

We feed the cat cheese grits, saw dust, and marinated beer-pong balls. He won’t eat anything else.

-- Jamie McDonald, Buford GA

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#11 posted 08-01-2013 05:10 AM

love the combination of woods that you used, I wish my grandfather was still around to help me with projects. Definitely worth the effort, and the bed frame isn’t so bad either….

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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