My first project

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Project by Brookebond posted 765 days ago 2699 views 10 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Most people start off with a box or something similarly small. I was living in Saudi Arabia where I had purchased a 7’ x 7’ Tempur mattress (very expensive so I couldn’t leave it behind). When I got back to the United Kingdom, I found that it was impossible to purchase a bed frame to fit the mattress – hence the rather ambitious first project.

It is made from American White Oak and I used a softwood for the cross members that support the mattress. It was certainly challenging since I ordered rough sawn timber in 10’ lengths. You can probably imagine the struggle I had, single handedly, passing 7’ x 10” x 2” lengths of timber through my planner/thicknesser. Anyway, I was quite pleased with the end result.

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#1 posted 765 days ago

Much better than my 1st project. Nice lines, very neat and clean. Very nice job.

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#2 posted 765 days ago

Wow! That beats my first project to pieces!

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 765 days ago

Great first project

Yes you chose a tough one, which I think

is far better. It tests you to the limits.

I need a 7×7 Tempur as my 4’6” one

is two small for the missus two boxers a

Jack Russel and If I get to bed early. ME


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 765 days ago

you should pat yourself on your back….very nice project, and to be your first…..great job

-- "...if america is any indication, i was born into one great big vacation...." RMB

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#5 posted 765 days ago

Very nice first project. My first was a set of bookends I made when I was around 9 or 10 years old.

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#6 posted 765 days ago

That is a great looking bed. It is a great looking design and certainly looks well built. Congratulations on an impressive first project.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 765 days ago

Big first project ! Is the mattress 7’ square so you can sleep any which way you want ??

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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James Alberding

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#8 posted 765 days ago


-- measure once, cut twice...

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#9 posted 765 days ago

I really love the clean lines! Great job, so now are you going to do a box?

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#10 posted 764 days ago

Wow. I don’t even remember my first project but I guarantee it wouldn’t compare. Very nice.

-- 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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#11 posted 764 days ago

My wife wants a king size bed. What was your timeline for the build? Nice build and I’m betting you sleep well? LOL!

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#12 posted 764 days ago

Excellent work. Especially given your first project.

-- Russ

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#13 posted 764 days ago

That mattress is a monstrosity. Just this morning I saw an ad for a 7’ x 7’ Tempur mattress set… Those are totally new to me. Had me wondering just where you get sheets for something that big. I have trouble finding sheet for my standard King set…

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Ethan Harris

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#14 posted 764 days ago

Great first project! It takes alot of patience! Especially early on, but it looks like you are spot on with this!

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#15 posted 764 days ago

Very nice !!!!!

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