|Project by atombomb||posted 05-07-2013 08:06 AM||1622 views||2 times favorited||8 comments|
I’ve just been lurking on these forums, so I thought I should contribute something. If what you folks do is called “fine” woodworking, I think I do “fair” woodworking. In comic books, a “fine” book is in really nice condition. A “fair” book is just above “poor”, when the cover falls off and someone spilled coffee on the rest :P
My wife and I decided we needed to dump our queen bed and go for a king. We got the mattress from Ikea, but I wasn’t really excited about any of their frame options. They had one that we kind of liked, but it was out of stock and $500! Our old queen bed was on one of their simple “Malm” frames, which was okay, but my wife wanted the bed to be higher off the ground and I wanted to minimize the size the frame added to the mattress itself since we don’t have a large bedroom.
The bed is mostly dimensional lumber. I’m sure it’s over-engineered, I could probably park my car on top of it. The sides are just 3/4” birch plywood from Home Depot. The slats are 2×4s I split into 1×4s.
The headboard is made out of pallets (oak I think). I built it on 3/8” OSB so I could assemble it outside. I wanted to use plywood, but the prices at HD were really high, and the smaller thicknesses were very, very curled. I attached the OSB to a frame I made from the wood I took out of the queen box spring we replaced.
I was trying to learn as much as I could with this, so I used some techniques I’ve never done before that weren’t really necessary (m&t and biscuits). The results weren’t great, but good enough for our purposes. Things I learned:
- Use loose tenons next time. My mortises were pretty good, but I didn’t cut the tenons that well.
- Get all the nails out of the pallet wood. I ended up cutting off a lot of the nails by pounding a pry bar through them. I didn’t mind the look of the nail heads in the wood so I just left them. However, all those nails made sanding much harder than it had to be. Oops!
- Rip a straight edge on the pallet wood planks. I think it would have assembled better and still looked “rustic”.
Anyway, I think it’s better than what we had before and my wife is really happy, so I’m calling that a win.