Reclaimed wood bed frame

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Project by BillyThunder posted 01-13-2014 03:44 PM 2170 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project started as a revolt to paying in excess of $2,000 for a bed frame from one of the big name places that was the aesthetic we were looking for. This is the first ‘big’ project that was made in the budding shop (1-1/2 years old) that I came into with the purchase of a new house.

My wife and I purchased some reclaimed wood from Build It Green NYC, for about $200. We got some retired scaffolding planks, some big ?oak? pieces and some other ‘H’ shaped pieces.

First thing was to clean and straighten then all up. This was also an opportunity to buy a new planer (with the wife’s permission) for the developing shop that I have going.

Cleaned all the wood, and then started to lay it out. Cut down, yada yada yada…

We used mortise and tenon joinery for the frame, and the interior is loose in a dado. We put cork on the bottom to prevent scratching, and used some 4” bed rail hooks for the rails. The hardware is mortised into the wood.

It is sanded and then finished with Old Masters, Provencal for the interior and Mahogany for the frame. 3 coats of stain clear with a light sanding between coats, and volia!

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#1 posted 01-14-2014 03:12 AM

great looking bed,built my wife one awhile back and couldn’t be more happy.thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 01-14-2014 03:31 PM

Good looking bed frame. How amny support runners did you you put under it?

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#3 posted 01-14-2014 06:15 PM

thanks. we actually re-purposed the Ikea bed frame that we had for support. it has angles on the rails, a center support and then something like this to span them.

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#4 posted 01-15-2014 03:49 AM

Looks great. Lots of character. Seems inviting.

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