Initial thoughts and plans

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Blog entry by RogueKyle posted 01-17-2015 11:16 PM 1795 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

New bed for my wife…after 12 years on a full mattress we have upgraded to a king size memory foam mattress. Now for the bed frame.
So, first furniture type wood working project. I have plenty of experience over building all kinds of projects around the farm. Chicken coops, hand washing stations, that kind of thing. All of those projects I figure the more screws and wood the sturdier! My tools consist of a rough chop saw from HFT and an old hand me down worm drive circular saw from my dad. Now I’m searching for a used table saw on CL.
The mattress is set to arrive any day now. I’m sure it will take me a while to accomplish this project so I better get on it.

I bought a Kreg DIY project kit to help me build this bed after watching Jeff Devlin’s video. So I reworked the Jeff’s plans to accommodate a king mattress. I am also daunted by the idea of drawers so my wife accepted open cubbies for Rubbermaid totes. I said someday I would be confident enough to build nice panel doors or square drawers.

I also wanted to be able to move the bed easily as I am renting and expecting to move in the next year or so. The foot of the bed would have a deep cubby for things like wrapping paper rolls and such.

Here is a Sketch-Up image of the bed I worked up. I would love to see what you all think of it. I have planned on using ¾” furniture grade hardwood ply and ¾”x2” face framing. I have a few questions about construction method.

Side cabinets

Head cabinet

  • Would dados and rabbits help make this a stronger piece of furniture?
  • I made up the head cabinet, does it look strong enough?
  • I made the mattress platform overhang the base cabinets by 3” on both sides to avoid hitting my toe when I walk up to the bed since it sits on the floor. This means that my face framing does not extend up above the platform keeping the mattress from sliding on the platform, any ideas? Worry about it or forget it?
  • Head board was planned to be mounted to the wall, any good ideas how to attach/detach the bed to the rigid headboard/wall? Another forum member linked to these, which look effective. Don’t know if they can be attached to plywood though.

Thanks for all your thoughts on the matter.!

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#1 posted 01-18-2015 12:10 AM

I’m thinking that the entire thing looks fine. I’d hope that you’d anchor the bed rung somehow. either a screw through the top to the 2×4 or something just to keep them from slipping out. Then again that’s obvious and I’m sure you thought of it.

Your kreg system will do a good job of joining the pieces. It works well and interestingly is a really good and faster alternative to tenon joints when you don’t want to do all of that work.

And, I’ve used those same headboard to rail attachment cleats from Rockler to build an oak bed for my daughter. Mainly because she was in an apartment and would move occasionally. They hook together well, are very strong, and knock apart just as easily.

I’ve also built a similar platform bed for a memory foam mattress (queen sized)

Good luck with your build.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#2 posted 01-21-2015 03:20 AM

Thank you for looking over the build Craftsman. I am looking forward this build. I’m glad to hear the Rockler cleats worked well for you also. The raised panel bed looks great, and what a drawer in your platform bed!

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#3 posted 01-21-2015 03:23 AM

Ya.. ordered 100 lb slides on amazon. they work well.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#4 posted 01-21-2015 03:54 AM

Screws are good, but glue does the heavy lifting.

When a joint is glued properly, the wood is the weak point. Not the glue.

Good luck with your build.

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