Bed Frame and Head Board Design - Not Sure What Wood To Use

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Forum topic by Devin posted 08-15-2014 02:43 AM 1487 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-15-2014 02:43 AM

Topic tags/keywords: resource question bed frame help wood type bed furniture design alder oak cedar pine modern

Hey guys,

I’ve designed a bed that I will start building in a couple weeks as a gift to myself and my wife. See the photo attached of the SketchUp design i’ve made below. What I am most concerned about is what type of wood do I build with.

The plan is to paint the bed a Robin Egg Blue and then do some destressing of the paint to give it a rustic look. The other thing i’m trying to keep in mind is that we have a dog that likes to be on the bed. Our previous bed got kind hammered by his nails, and my wife doesn’t want a foot board that is taller than the mattress.

I’ve thought of just doing poplar since it’s fairly inexpensive and is really easy to work with. Cedar I feel is too soft. Oak is a type of grain that I don’t want want to show through the paint. Also, thoughts on the best option for 4×4 posts. Opinions please!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!!

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#1 posted 08-15-2014 02:52 AM

Most stuff that I built to be painted involves poplar and or MDO plywood. Some like to use soft maple. It’s cheaper than hard, paints well and is still really hard. For your posts, if you can get something full thickness I would do that otherwise glue it up.

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#2 posted 08-15-2014 03:09 AM

Poplar or soft maple. The poplar really isn’t any harder than pine/cedar, but you might save a few bucks on the lumber.

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#3 posted 08-15-2014 01:52 PM

From my experience, I believe all the woods mentioned are too soft for dogs’ toenails. How about going with oak and filling the grain ?

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