I purchased the lumber for this bed shortly after returning from a deployment to Afghanistan. The wood sat in the garage for about 9 months before I even made a cut. I kept telling my wife that the lumber was acclimating to the garage. I didn’t have any plans on paper but I had a basic design in my head and this is pretty close to what I had envisioned. I chose to use walnut and 3 different types of maple (Ambrosia, Curly, Birdseye). You may be able to tell from the pictures that I alternated each kind of maple in the head and footboard. It is all mortise and tennon joinery. The only store bought hardware I used was for the bedrails. No pocket screws, no nails and no brads. Overall I am happy with the outcome and I know that it is the only one in the world like it.