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Forum topic by todd4390 posted 09-01-2015 05:19 PM 729 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-01-2015 05:19 PM

My wife has found a platform bed that she would like for me to build and I got to actually see the bed she wants me to build. I can’t seem to figure out the construction of the perimeter of the frame though and was hoping to get some help from you all. The perimeter boards give the appearance of being one big board for each rail, but if you look at the pics below the walnut boards were installed on top of some sort of box made out of a less expensive wood. These members are approximately 2.5” thick (in appearance) and 9” wide. What I can’t figure out is how the assembly was put together to give the appearance of one 2.5” thick piece of walnut by not having any clearly visible seams. Especially where the horizontal face meets the outside vertical face. Were these boards mitered? Is the top simply laminated with walnut? Please help. The first image is turned sideways, but it is a view of the top of the side rail. The second image is of the vertical face of the side rail and the last two are from underneath.

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#1 posted 09-01-2015 05:28 PM

Looks mitered to me. See the knot that’s visible on one face but not on the adjacent face? There is no seam visible other than right at the corner. I built a big bed that appeared to be box beams made from 1x material, but my customer didnt notice that. She wanted big thick heavy beams, so that’s what I gave her. If your wife wants walnut, the box beams will be a lot cheaper than thick beams.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#2 posted 09-01-2015 05:33 PM

Is there any need to have the visible walnut that wide on the top? Does it show, or is it covered by the mattress?
It could be made with a locking miter joint (router table), or you could use veneer.
I think a long grain glue joint with the side inset slightly from the top would look fine too.
Or you could go for broke and use solid 8/4 walnut.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 09-01-2015 09:00 PM

Well it’s a challenge for me to get good tight miters on the short end of a board. Not sure how well I could do on the long end.

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#4 posted 09-01-2015 09:16 PM

Looks veneered w/ a chamfer to hide the glue line.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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