Photon's Platform Bed

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Project by Jacob Deis posted 08-21-2012 01:03 AM 7525 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a full size platform bed I completed a few months ago.

The front and side panels are made of birdseye maple and purple heart and the headboard is A1 maple ply and purple heart. Everything was coated three times with linseed oil, sprayed with 4 coats of polyurethane, then buffed with steel wool and paste wax. Even though I love the way the finish came out I don’t think I would spray polyurethane again due to the slow dry time and the need make sure your spraying in an almost clean room.

After some back and forth about how to make the frame being there would be no box spring to support the mattress, I suggested using 8020 extruded aluminum and my client loved the idea of it being “engineered”. You can make some amazing stuff out of so it’s no wonder they call it the Industrial Erector Set. A thin sheet plywood goes over the frame and then the mattress. Its probably overkill for just a bed frame but it’s good hiding place in the event of an earthquake ;)

The panels attach to the frame using threaded inserts that were drilled and tapped into the panels. Everything comes apart and back together no problem.

I was never able to get a picture of the bed with a mattress and bedding but then you couldn’t see all the cool insides.

This was my first commissioned piece of furniture and in my newly ventured woodworking career it’s been so satisfying to have somebody appreciate and enjoy something I was able to make specifically for them. This certainly will not be my last.

-- Jacob, Houston, TX

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#1 posted 08-21-2012 02:54 AM

Looks fantastic! Love the wood choices too, they really compliment each other.

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#2 posted 08-21-2012 03:11 AM

dont mean to raise alarm but you seem to have a zombie in your yard. might want to take care of that

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#3 posted 08-21-2012 04:10 AM

Meeeeeezz and Mike izzz on the same page~~~Homie!!!! DOUBLE TAP!!!! One in the heart, one in the Head!~~You have a ZOMBIE IN YOUR YARD!!!!!!!!!!!
(Minus the zombie attacking your home, you have a bad a$$ bed! )

-- Ride hard or go home~

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#4 posted 08-21-2012 10:02 AM

Great job on the build, pretty cool use of the 8020!

I bet you get more zombie comments than anything though, too funny!

-- Ned - 2B1ASK1

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#5 posted 08-21-2012 12:21 PM

I love the bed. :) We use 80/20 on all kinds of things.. it is pretty awesome stuff.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#6 posted 08-21-2012 04:03 PM

Yea you have to watch out for him. lol. He’s been known to scare a few people.

-- Jacob, Houston, TX

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#7 posted 08-23-2012 12:52 AM

Where do you get the aluminum from? Bed looks great btw!

-- "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do... Explore, Dream, Discover” Mark Twain

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#8 posted 08-23-2012 02:57 AM

Great looking bed. I love the 8020 never seen it used in this type of manner.

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#9 posted 08-23-2012 02:59 AM

Nice, better get the bed inside before the zombie takes it!

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#10 posted 08-24-2012 09:49 PM

I got the aluminum through a local distributor but the manufacturer is 80/20 Inc.

-- Jacob, Houston, TX

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