Platform Bed #3: Continuing in SketchUp

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Blog entry by R.A. Ray posted 01-07-2011 08:19 PM 7920 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Apparently I’ve got the itch to get this thing well and designed, so I’ve spent a good bit of time since yesterday in SketchUp working out some details – mainly with the drawers. Attached are some more images that show where I’m at. The materials shown were chosen really quickly just to give the model some more texture and I added in a figure to give a better idea of scale.

I hope the exploded view gives a clearer idea of the my next challenge, which is to figure out how to attach everything so that the bed is both stable and knockdown. I am also worried about the strength of the main support boxes. I’ve tried to remove as much mass as I could for both weight and cost reasons, but I’m not sure how much needs to remain for strength. To give an idea, the thinnest bits of the drawer bay walls are 1/2” thick.

Finally, I put this together in SketchUp using all nominal dimensions. Any thoughts on how that will affect construction? Do I need to recreate it being more mindful of actual dimensions?

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#1 posted 01-07-2011 08:57 PM

nice design!

a couple of pointers from past experience:

1. obviously if you are using materials of different dimensions than do not revert to your SU model for sizes as they will be off. I usually design everything in SU to the appropriate material thickness/size that I’ll be using so that I can actually print out an exploded view of the model with dimensions on it and take it to the shop as a reference – still sometimes you have to use common sense and fit parts to size rather than cut all parts based on a plan only to find out later that some parts are too short.

2. be mindful of the drawers as you have the corner drawers opening 90 to one another – if you add certain drawer pulls this might block the other drawer from opening – make sure you plan accordingly in terms of space.

3. consider the rigidity of the headboard – it’s very nicely designed, but hard to tell if it has enough strength to act as a headboard, or if it’ll flex backwards (I don’t say that it will – just something that I noticed and I would have checked if it needs extra bracing or not)

great work so far.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#2 posted 04-03-2012 04:36 PM

Did you ever post this design to the SketchUp library? Great work.

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