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Project by jumbojack posted 170 days ago 1264 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Some friends came by with several pictures of bed frames they liked. They wanted a raw chunky look. We sourced some old barn wood, but the cost was too high for them. I told them I could achieve the look with regular construction lumber, the cost would be a fraction.
The first picture is the bed set up in their home. They love the look, it is just what they were looking for.
I looked through the lumber rack at HD for the roughest lumber I could find. Using a wire wheel on a drill, I further distressed the already distressed lumber. Then took a propane torch to the soft growth to darken and add some depth.
Using a 1/2” rabbeting bit in a router to inset the ply backing into the frame so it would be flush with the back of the frame. This was glued and nailed to the frame.
I had quite a bit of pallet wood stashed for such a project. Using constuction adhesive and pin nails, attached the pallet wood to the ply. It left a 1/4” recess inside the frame for a nice shadow line between the frame and the field.
Rockler bed frame hardware was used to attach the side rails to the head and footboards. They were easy to install and made a nice tight connection.
I again used Rockler bed frame hardware to attach the middle rail with 4×4 supports doweled to the rail for easy of dis-assembly.
The frame is all doweled together. I used two 3/4”x4” dowels in each cross member, for a total of four each, to attach to the uprights they were glued and pinned. Horizontal boring on my Shopsmith made all of that possible
Distressing the lumber and getting it to look used, took most of the time on this build. Getting all of those dowels to line up on the headboard was also a challenge as all 12 dowels on the headboard had to go together all at once. Since they all lined up pretty well a few smacks with a BIG mallet coaxed them into submission.
I finished it with a Minwax Golden Oak stain and then three coats of Watco natural. I wanted it sealed but no gloss. Some places did get a little glossy so I rubbed those sections out with some steel wool.
My customer/friends were very happy, so I was a happy woodworker.
Thanks for looking.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith





11 comments so far

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Handtooler

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#1 posted 170 days ago

Quite nice! Would be super for a quaint inn or bed & breakfast. I like the finish could take a little abuse.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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steve_in_ohio

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#2 posted 170 days ago

Wow that bed looks amazing, love the finish

-- steve, simple and effective woodworking---

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Roger

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#3 posted 169 days ago

Looks good n stout. I like it

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Kentuk55@bellsouth.net

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Marty Smoley

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#4 posted 169 days ago

Very nice. I love the rustic look. I’ve seen a few of these and decided to make some myself. I didn’t think about using the hardware for the frame. Nice idea. Hadn’t thought of the wire wheel either. I do use a torch and some misc stuff to distress the wood though. Again, nice work on the bed.

-- Marty, http://www.wickedpiggy.com

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jumbojack

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#5 posted 169 days ago

I just had to show another pic of the dowel holes.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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Boxguy

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#6 posted 169 days ago

Nice work. I like the look. Should be sturdy enough to serve as a dance floor.

-- Big Al in IN

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Ruh

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#7 posted 169 days ago

Cool technique and great results. Thanks for sharing.

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justoneofme

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#8 posted 167 days ago

Lots of work goes into making new look old. You’ve done a wonderful job!

-- Elaine in Duncan

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oldnovice

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#9 posted 167 days ago

That, Jim, is a winner in my book.
Distressed, raw wood has, IMO, a built in warmth that a similar “new looking” piece does not.

When I was in my teens I worked in a Radio/TV shop who’s owner was a woodworker. He distressed lumber by placing chains links of various sizes between the pieces of lumber and walking on them, he was big enough to leave impressions.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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Fishinbo

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#10 posted 164 days ago

Beautiful and sturdy bed. Love the distressed look, pretty grains and cool textures on wood. Awesome work!

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mrjllj68

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#11 posted 160 days ago

Very cool Project Jack.

-- Jon, Morgan UT

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