Riverside Craftsman Bed in Walnut #3: Getting Close to Finish

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Blog entry by DGar posted 07-30-2014 05:26 PM 1601 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So I haven’t had a lot of time to post updates, but I’ve made a lot of progress. Here are some pictures. Hopefully I can write a more detailed description later.

-- "Those who are not dissatisfied will never make any progress" - Dr. Shigeo Shingo

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#1 posted 07-30-2014 08:07 PM

looking awesome!

Can’t tell in the last picture, is that dovetail proud of the surface or flush?

Looks strong either way :)

-- Steve

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#2 posted 08-12-2014 02:31 PM

Thanks, man!

Yes, the sliding dovetails are currently proud of the posts by about 1.5”, but they’ll be trimmed before final assembly. I may still leave them slightly proud just to show off the joint.

-- "Those who are not dissatisfied will never make any progress" - Dr. Shigeo Shingo

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#3 posted 12-05-2020 03:10 AM

Great work!

I’m also in the market for making a bed, and I came across the Riverside when browsing Google images. Luckily, I found your very informative blog post here. I was hoping I could ask you a few questions about your build?

These relate to the numbers in the image below:
1. What are the approximate dimensions of your rails? I can figure our the length based on standard bed sizes. Mainly interested in the thickness and width.
2. Are the posts 3×3s or 4×4s? Are these curved on the inside edge at the top? The side facing us in the picture looks flat.
3. Do the rails join the footer and header using dowels, mortise/tenon, or just the bolt hardware?
4. Do you know the circle size and gap width between the planks?
5. Do you know how tall your header and footer came out to be? Curious if you’re using a box spring, and or a thick mattress.

Thanks for any help that you can provide. Keep up the good work!

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