|Project by Granddaddy1||posted 05-27-2012 08:37 PM||906 views||2 times favorited||1 comment|
We wanted more storage in the master bedroom, and we didn’t want to replace the MBR furniture we bought when we first married, let’s just say “a long time ago”. I had built a couple of bedrooms for our kids earlier with drawer storage under the bed, so my wife and I designed the drawer base you see pictured here. There are nine large drawers on each side of the king size bed, and three false drawer fronts adjacent to the nightstand. I made the two nightstands on the same design as the originals, except they are obviously taller (36”) to be functional with the new height of the bed. With elders on both sides of the family that are quilters, we also had need for a blanket chest. I designed and built the blanket chest pictured here consistent with the design of the original furniture, all out of radiata pine. I used three Rockler lid stays on the chest to hold the lid in position at any point.
All drawers are constructed with box-jointed 1/2” Baltic birch plywood, 1/4” plywood drawer bottoms, and radiata pine fronts. The drawers all glide beautifully on shop-made wood on wood slides. Through trial and error I was able to work out a combination of 3 different oil stains that matched the original furniture. Finish is 4 coats of HVLP applied poly over stain. This project added the blanket chest and 24 drawers of storage to our bedroom.
-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!