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10-20-2014 01:28 PM

Topic tags/keywords: beginner 2x4 bed platform wood working design

Hi Folks,

First off I’ve never done any woodworking before so please forgive any dumb questions or mistakes. The bed I’m sleeping on right now is a very cheap, full-size, platform style bed and I really want to have something more robust and aesthetically pleasing. I’ve been playing around in SketchUp the past couple of days and I have a design I’m pretty happy with, but since I’ve never built anything I don’t know how practical it is in reality. I believe I may have over complicated some things and if so I’m hoping some of the more experience people on this forum could give me some tips on any changes they would make.

This link will give you access to the SketchUp files as well as a PDF version:
https://mega.co.nz/#F!c15Qmawa!54WlZSwvcKa8auHi2Q120A


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#1 posted 10-21-2014 12:45 AM

Since you haven’t done any previous woodworking, I suggest you find a local community college and take a couple courses to start your learning curve. At this point, you don’t know how much you don’t know and some formal education will help you understand the scope of your project. HTH

-- Art

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#2 posted 10-21-2014 03:02 AM

I’m sorry, b, I don’t know if anyone is having the same problems I am but I don’t use Sketchup and the .pdf doesn’t have the detail I think you put in so I can’t really see your design. Can you put it in a non-interactive .pdf or a .jpg ?

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#3 posted 10-21-2014 03:41 AM

Your design is certainly feasible from an engineering and woodworking perspective. Structurally, it seems extremely solid. The joinery in the support structure down below is unusual, but seems well thought-out and of sound design.

Haveing said all that, this would certainly be an ambitious undertaking for a first project. If you’ve really never done ANY woodworking, I’d suggest that you spend some time with some good resources (woodworking videos, magazines, shows, etc.), and perhaps take on a couple smaller projects first. If you know anyone who has some woodworking experience, perhaps they would be willing to serve as a mentor for the project.

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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#4 posted 10-21-2014 08:07 AM



Since you haven t done any previous woodworking, I suggest you find a local community college and take a couple courses to start your learning curve. At this point, you don t know how much you don t know and some formal education will help you understand the scope of your project. HTH

- AandCstyle


I agree that I don’t yet know how much I don’t know :). That being said, my father has all the tools and experience to help me complete the project, but I haven’t been able to show him my designs yet.


Your design is certainly feasible from an engineering and woodworking perspective. Structurally, it seems extremely solid. The joinery in the support structure down below is unusual, but seems well thought-out and of sound design.

Haveing said all that, this would certainly be an ambitious undertaking for a first project. If you ve really never done ANY woodworking, I d suggest that you spend some time with some good resources (woodworking videos, magazines, shows, etc.), and perhaps take on a couple smaller projects first. If you know anyone who has some woodworking experience, perhaps they would be willing to serve as a mentor for the project.

- pmayer


Well I’m glad it’s feasible, but I knew when I designed it that the joinery of the 2×4 frame was probably over-complicated. Is there a certain type of joinery you would use instead for the frame that would also be solid but maybe a bit easier to build?


I m sorry, b, I don t know if anyone is having the same problems I am but I don t use Sketchup and the .pdf doesn t have the detail I think you put in so I can t really see your design. Can you put it in a non-interactive .pdf or a .jpg ?

- Yonak


I’ll try to put up some .jpg’s tomorrow when I have more time.

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#5 posted 10-21-2014 02:14 PM

I would look around at some plans on captains beds to get an idea of how other people have built them. I did a quick search and found this one, which has joinery that is more along the lines of what I would envision: http://ana-white.com/2010/01/plan-how-to-modify-queen-sized-stratton.html

-- PaulMayer, http://www.vernswoodgoods.com

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