A New Four-Poster Bed Frame For My Main Squeeze

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Project by GnarlyErik posted 04-03-2013 07:26 PM 5109 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have several perfectly good beds at my house – plenty enough for ourselves and company. I figured having a ‘California King’ for the wife and I was all anyone could ask for, but ‘Oh, but no!” My wife tells me we need something a bit smaller because the king is ‘so hard to make up and so expensive to buy bedding for’ – so a new king-size bed was requested. This one to match a bed I built a couple years ago to match the original California King, but that one is in the guest bedroom, and we can’t swap that one for the California King because the guest bedroom is too small for the bigger bed! You get the drift – and over the years one thing I have learned is, it is best to keep Mama happy, because ‘if Mama ain’t happy, ain’t nobody happy’ . . . . ! Anyway, our daughter inherits the California King.

I had some nice leftover 12/4 popular which became the posts, squared 2-3/4” x 2-3/4”, then tapered down to 1-1/4” square for the top 14” or so. Some nice, clear 5/4×8” popular planks, planed back to a full one inch are the foot board and side rails. The headboard is four pieces of the 8” planks doweled and edge-glued, and both the headboard and footboard blind-mortise into the the posts a full 1-1/2”. This makes everything rock steady in use.

Side rails connect to the posts with double-toothed bed-connector steel flanges ordered online, which draw everything together nicely. My wife insists on ‘solid wood – no veneer’, so sometimes pieces like a 1” thick headboard can get quite heavy. A little trick I learned is to install a hand-grip on the back side of headboards to make them easier to grab and carry – see photo # 3. This is undercut (relieved) a little on both sides to make it firm to grip, and then screwed/glued to the back side of the item.

I enjoyed doing this little project as always – just good therapy for me!

-- "Never let your dogma be run over by your karma!"

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#1 posted 04-03-2013 07:32 PM

Nice work Erik ,this looks mighty fine.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 04-03-2013 07:35 PM

Great bed man. I have a king bed on my to do list. Nice to hear you found it pretty easy.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#3 posted 04-03-2013 08:10 PM

Good one Eric and great idea on the lift handle.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#4 posted 04-03-2013 10:24 PM

Looks great!

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#5 posted 04-03-2013 10:33 PM

I like it! I am about to have to build a headboard only for a customer, and I am looking for some inspiration. Thanks and good job!

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#6 posted 04-03-2013 11:03 PM

Good looking bed Eric. My son who just moved back from Kentucky needs a bed frame so I gotta get bust soon.

-- Dewayne in Bainbridge, Ga. - - No one can make you mad. Only you decide when you get mad - -

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#7 posted 04-03-2013 11:11 PM

Woodworking’s always good therapy, right? Pretty bed, and nice idea on the little hand grab on the back.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#8 posted 04-03-2013 11:24 PM

It looks good. What will you use to finish it and how did you taper the posts?

-- Art

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#9 posted 04-04-2013 12:42 AM

Nice work, Certainly an heirloom for your kids

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#10 posted 04-04-2013 12:42 AM

AandCstlye: My wife will do the finishing (painted off-white). For the tapers, they are laid out on all four sides, centered on the centerline. (See sketch below) Then, the lines are sawn to on all four sides, leaving the line and enough extra stock to allow planing to the line. The corners of the tapers were also beveled off at 45 degrees with a router.

-- "Never let your dogma be run over by your karma!"

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#11 posted 04-27-2013 04:54 AM

The cool thing about being married is that it doesn’t have to be built to withstand a lot of rocking ;-)

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