|Forum topic by Scott R. Turner||posted 10-11-2010 09:48 PM||1065 views||0 times favorited||1 reply|
10-11-2010 09:48 PM
I’m planning on building my daughter a built-in bed similar to the one shown in this picture:
The sides of the bookcases/bed platform are about 2” thick. I’m considering various possibilities for constructing these panels. In the picture above it appears that the bookcases have fixed shelves. I’d rather have adjustable shelves, so I’d like to have panel sides thick enough to support shelving pins. I was thinking of building a frame (or torsion box) for each panel out of 1×2 or plywood and then facing it with 1/4 or 3/8 plywood. I can face frame much of it with solid wood to hide the plywood, but the curved portion will probably require veneering. (I suppose I could bend laminate. Or even make that section from solid wood… Thoughts?) If I do veneer, I’d like to keep the panels 2” thick, since veneer is easily available in that width.
Thinking about building up the panels, it occurred to me that I could buy some hollow core doors and use them for the interior of the panels. They run about $25 at the local big box for a hollow composite slab door. They’re 1 3/8” thick, so the addition of 3/8” plywood on the bookcase facing side and 1/4” on the other side would bring them to 2”. That seems like a cheap and easy way to build up the necessary panels.
Any thoughts or advice?