|Project by GnarlyErik||posted 04-03-2013 07:26 PM||4567 views||5 times favorited||11 comments|
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!
-- Candy is dandy and rum sure is fun, but wood working is the best high for me!