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jdmaher

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12-01-2013 04:00 PM

Over the last 38 years, the queen-size Cannonball bed that my wife and I bought when we got married has been destroyed – piece by piece (it was the five kids, and the dogs, and the movers – honest). All we have left is the headboard. And now the darling girl has decided she wants a king-sized bed.

So I started drawing, trying to reproduce what I remember. Something like this.

I’ll have to commission someone to do the turned parts, the posts and gallery spindles, since I don’t turn (maybe Osborne). Probably do it in cherry.

I’ll probably build storage drawers to place underneath (and serve as a foundation platform).

Thoughts? Concerns? Problems? Considerations?

-- Jim Maher, Illinois


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#1 posted 12-01-2013 06:32 PM

If you are going to add drawer storage, you don’t need legs, as the platform will support the bad and drawer structure. I built one years ago with under-bed drawers. Because of the large size of a king size, I made one large drawer that pulled out from the foot of the bed. I mounted the drawer on roller skate wheels that rode on the floor.

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#2 posted 12-01-2013 06:43 PM

Mr Ron,

Thought of that, but that’s kinda what we have now, just a platform and headboard.

We prefer the traditional look.

However, under-bed storage / platform will substantially reduce the load on the bedframe (really, to virtually none). Still, I’ll build as if there were no under-bed storage / platform. Maybe this one will last quite a bit longer than the last.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#3 posted 12-02-2013 02:20 AM

I prefer a style without the horizontal spindle, more like this:

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#4 posted 12-02-2013 02:23 AM

drop me a line when you get down to the turnings.

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#5 posted 12-02-2013 11:46 AM

Charles,

The original had the horizontal spindle, and my wife is a quilter. I need every space I kind get to store and display the things.

Is that your build?

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#6 posted 12-02-2013 11:46 AM

REO,

Volunteering?

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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#7 posted 12-02-2013 01:58 PM

I am sure we can work something out.

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#8 posted 12-02-2013 02:14 PM

Jim, No, that’s not my design. We have a similar bed from about 40 years ago.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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