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Project by Hozer posted 862 days ago 8374 views 51 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bed that I recently finished. It has 6 drawers and 3 operational doors. This bed had several challenges: The first was creating a bed with inset drawer and door fronts while creating a frame strong enough to never sag over time. The second was making the headboard and footboard removable. I needed to be able to remove them so that I could get it around a corner leading into my bedroom. The third was creating a hidden compartment to lock and store a few items (guns). I was contemplating building both a bed and a gun locker when it hit me that I could combine the two projects into one.

Here is the model I drew in Sketch-up:

Here it is in X-ray mode to show how the frame is basically constructed. The frame is dado and rabbeted together for more strength.

The drawers are all the same size and all have soft closing drawer glides. Here’s a shot of the drawers:

Here’s a shot of the headboard, it’s made with solid maple bead-board. The camera makes the maple look like it has fairly dramatic color differences, but in reality you hardly notice.

Since I am always going to have nightstands next to the bed I didn’t see the point in making the front bays into drawers, so instead I put regular doors on the openings. Maybe someday I’ll put a mini-fridge in there! but I ran the idea by my wife and she said no way :(

Here is a shot of the “Secret Compartment” It’s really only a secret from my young daughters … but it has a locking door and you wouldn’t find it unless you knew it was there. I am storing a few guns I own in there.

And here is the real reason I built the bed, the wifey wanted a place to store bath towels.

What do you think?





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Heidi Neely

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#1 posted 862 days ago

Really nice job! This bed that has it all…and it’s attractive too :) Clever gun storage compartment, and you have the security of knowing they’re safely locked away under you when you’re sleeping. How does the compartment lock, if I might ask? I can’t tell because I don’t see a locking mechanism in the pics. Thanks for sharing :)

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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Bennie Woods

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#2 posted 862 days ago

Very nice indeed! You’ve incorporated some great ideas into this design that I’d love to borrow. Thanks for posting!

-- Bennie Woods, USS FRANK CABLE, GUAM

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Hozer

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#3 posted 862 days ago

Well actually the pictures were taken before I installed the lock. The lock is a child safety lock that you open with a magnet. This lock holds the door shut with no play until you put the magnet over the mechanism and then it opens right up. Here is a link to it: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B004GCJMI4/ref=s9_simh_gw_p75_d1_g75_i1?pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_s=center-5&pf_rd_r=0FX6B4HBK6DFVG1QXWGD&pf_rd_t=101&pf_rd_p=470939291&pf_rd_i=507846

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 862 days ago

Very nicely done

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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Craftsman on the lake

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#5 posted 862 days ago

Super! i recently posted my maple platform bed with storage. Yours certainly came out nicely didnt’ it? How’d you like the maple. It’s my new favorite wood, hard, takes a crisp edge, doesn’t chip much and planes smooth like glass.

Thanks for posting this. I really enjoyed it.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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Hozer

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#6 posted 862 days ago

Thanks guys, I do like working with Maple, but right now I’m working with some beautiful quarter sawn red oak for some benches which is really nice stuff. I think I like the look of Maple and Cherry the best but like working with slightly harder woods like oak or walnut the most.

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choppertoo

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#7 posted 862 days ago

very nice! My son just moved to Seattle and asked if I would make him something similar. I have a feeling he will like this design very much. Thanks for posting!

-- The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that our aim is too low and we reach it.. Michelangelo

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NormG

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#8 posted 862 days ago

Great design, well done

-- Norman

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Hozer

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#9 posted 861 days ago

I should mention that one of the reasons I wanted a raised bed is because I still wanted to store junk under it :) Plus I’m not a huge fan of the storage beds that go all the way to the floor, they look a little too “boxy” to me.

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pastorglen

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#10 posted 861 days ago

I like it. Nice job! I like the gun storage, too. Thanks!

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

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Martyroc

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#11 posted 860 days ago

Thats cool, My wife wants the same thing, its on my project list already. Seems like more go on the lsit than come off.

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

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doncutlip

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#12 posted 860 days ago

Excellent job on that bed, looks fantastic

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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OldTimeShopSmith

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#13 posted 779 days ago

The bed looks great. My son wants something just like it and I was wondering how you were able to make the headboard and foot board removable?

-- Scott, Illinois

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Hozer

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#14 posted 778 days ago

I used these to attach the headboard and footboard http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=10&site=ROCKLER You can see them in the photo of the footboard.

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OldTimeShopSmith

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#15 posted 775 days ago

Thanks for sending the link. I will make sure to order some for my son’s bed.

-- Scott, Illinois

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