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Forum topic by Joel_B posted 12-02-2014 10:21 PM 888 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Joel_B

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12-02-2014 10:21 PM

I did this design in Sketchup based on a picture I found on the web.
The foot board is my own design, my wife doesn’t want it to go above the mattress because its a pain to change the sheets if it does. The taper on the legs will match the night stands and dressers that I will be making.
It will made out of Cherry with the splated maple for the headboard panels.
My local lumberyard doesn’t have any any spalted maple but I found a piece in the birdseye section that has some spalting to it. Its only about 6 imches wide so i would have to edge glue a few pieces together for each panel.
Is there any other wood that might be a good contrast to the cherry for the panels?
I was think of starting with 6/4 rough cherry for the side rails ending with maybe 1-1/4 inch wide rails after planing.
Looking for any input that might point out problems or improve upon the design and look.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA


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muleskinner

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#1 posted 12-02-2014 10:35 PM

As long as the rails and head and foot boards are solidly attached to the legs, there’s not much else to consider in the design that I can see. Aesthetics are totally personal preference. The only opinion that I think would matter (at least in my house anyway) is your bedmate’s. Personally, I like your design. It looks simple and elegant.

The only thing I might change is dropping the bottom of the headboard a couple inches below the top of the mattress. That’s only because I fall asleep reading in bed and hate having to dig my book or kindle out from under the bed in the morning.

-- Visualize whirled peas

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#2 posted 12-02-2014 11:08 PM

I was planning on using some brackets like these from Rockler to attach the rail.
Maybe there are better ones out there?

These look nice, but I will have to figure out how to hold my plunge router horizontal to make the mortise.

http://www.woodcraft.com/Product/127456/bed-rail-fastener.aspx

But the screws go into end grain, so maybe not so good.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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Yonak

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#3 posted 12-02-2014 11:17 PM

It looks good to me, Joel. I like the low profile sides and foot so you can sit anywhere to put on your shoes. The headboard design is attractive and I like your choice of wood.

As muleskinner says, as long it’s constructed solidly and as long as the legs are strong enough for, well, tumultuous sleeping (they may look a little thin, but the scale may be deceiving), I’d say you’re on track.

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Joel_B

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#4 posted 12-03-2014 12:06 AM

The legs are are 1-3/4 thick which I think should plenty strong.
At least thicker than some wood beds I have seen.
I am thinking of going with the Woodcraft rail fastener that mortise into the ends because they won’t be visible and pull the two pieces tight together. I will use a hard wood dowel on the rail to screw into so screwing into end grain wont be a problem. I read some complaints about the other type of fasteners not fitting together properly and having a loose fit which can result in noise. For the finish since I have a lot of area to cover i want to keep it simple so I am think of using BLO followed by General Finishes WB poly. Thanks for the input so far.

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#5 posted 12-03-2014 12:15 AM

Looks nice!

Spalted maple is expensive, but it sure would be impressive! Where you gonna get it?

As previously mentioned, style is a very personal choice. To me, the frame and panel look of the footboard distracts from the headboard. I think I’d just let it match the rails.

-- Jim Maher, Illinois

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Joel_B

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#6 posted 12-03-2014 01:03 AM



Looks nice!

Spalted maple is expensive, but it sure would be impressive! Where you gonna get it?

As previously mentioned, style is a very personal choice. To me, the frame and panel look of the footboard distracts from the headboard. I think I d just let it match the rails.

- jdmaher

Jim,

I started off with the footboard just being a plain rail but thought it needed to look more finished.
Maybe I should go back to that or use a different approach like routing some design into it.
The only place I know of locally to buy hardwood is called Frost Hardwood (in San Diego).
I am going to go back tomorrow and get a price on the piece I saw today that I liked.
Since a bed like this would cost at least several thousand dollars I can splurge some on the cost of the wood.
Most of it will be rough Cherry which is fairly inexpensive as far as hardwoods go.
For reference, here are two designs that this came from:

http://www.custommade.com/tollet-bed/by/white-wind-woodworking/

http://www.woodcastle.com/reflections_detail.php#4520

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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#7 posted 12-03-2014 01:28 AM

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#8 posted 12-05-2014 09:43 PM

I would like to get some feedback regarding the panels in the headboard.
The original design had spalted maple and I like the look buts its hard to find and expensive and I am leary about sleeping next to something with fungus and mold in it. So I am considering bidseye / burled maple.
I found a nice piece at my local lumber yard but its not wide enough for a full panel which is 10” wide so I would have to edge glue two pieces together vertically for each panel and i am worried about the grain not matching up well. This isn’t cheap either about $11 per bd/ft so i would spending over $100 on it. They also had some ash that a nice grain to it and similar in color to maple at less than half the price. Another option would be to get some veneer and glue it to MDF. This way it would be a continuous piece and less expensive but I have to buy all the veneering supplies and go through the learning curve. Here is example of veener I found:

-- Joel, Encinitas, CA

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