|Project by JamesN||posted 06-18-2012 03:55 AM||1333 views||1 time favorited||2 comments|
This full sized frame and panel bed is made of Maple solids and cherry ply. The idea for the curved headboard and footboard came from a Fine Woodworking magazine in 2011, I modified the design to make the footboard curve downwards instead of matching the headboard. The owner wanted to be able to sit on the end of the bed as well as the sides. I also made the splat much simpler than the one shown by the magazine.
All the Maple started as rough cut 1×6 pieces. My stock of tools is fairly limited so the maple was rough cut into shape for the legs with a jig saw, thoroughly sanded and then glued together to get the thickness that I required. Afterwards, I clamped the pairs together and sanded them to be as identical as I could with a belt sander. The curves were made by gluing up two pieces of maple edge to edge and then drawing out the curve on the face and then cutting them out. The hardest part of the whole project, other than getting over the dread of spending another hour sanding, was mortising all the maple for the panels and the cross pieces. There is about 20 feet worth of mortising, all done with a 1/4” drill bit on a drill press.
Overall, for a first attempt at a project like this, with such a limited set of tools, I think I did a reasonable job.