|Project by moerdogg||posted 09-16-2013 06:49 AM||2299 views||5 times favorited||8 comments|
My wife graduated from gad school this spring and when I told her to suggest a present she asked for a daybed for the porch in our new house. This was the first big project in my garage shop.
The bed is one of my own design, inspired by Limbert’s Mission furniture. The wood is red oak, finished with Danish oil and furniture wax. It is suspended from the rafters with 1” manila rope. The bed is the same length, but slightly narrower than a twin bed, so the mattress is a custom-cut piece of foam.
The project was quite the learning experience, especially with regards to running modifications to my un-vetted plans. The tenons I hand-cut, and the mortises I chiseled. First time not using power tools for tenoning, and I plan to do it that way in the future. The slats on the ends and back are in a lengthwise dado cut. I wasn’t planning to do anything other than set the slats in the slot, but I ended up making spacers that fit down in the slots and blend much nicer. Turns out my OCD wouldn’t allow shortcuts!
The back and the horizontal rails are held in place with draw bores. The back is also glued, but the rails can be taken off by drilling out the dowels, so it is at least possible to break the whole thing down. I plan to leave it assembled and store it in the garage over the winter.
-- A poor workman blames his tools