Platform Bed

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Blog series by Craftsman on the lake updated 02-18-2012 09:40 PM 6 parts 42415 reads 41 comments total

Part 1: Initial framing

02-01-2012 10:07 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 6 comments »

Bedroom and bathroom done. I’ll start the living room/kitchen remodel in the spring. What to do in the meantime? Make a bed of course.In my mind… which is where these things always are, the bed will be maple with two large drawers on one side. The head ends will have 3 small cubbies on each side as it is impractical for us to have bedside tables because one side is up against the wall and the other side edges a window. We basically need someplace to put our glasses and watches at ...

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Part 2: Second day progress

02-04-2012 10:41 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 5 comments »

Design change on the fly. I decided that with our EXTREMELY limited storage space I couldn’t waste the space under one side of the bed so I made a long rectangular cubby that will have a door to store… maybe the vacuum cleaner? Not sure yet. I also decided on one larger drawer instead of two smaller ones. If I had made two they would have been a bit small. One drawer is a bit large but it will be better that way I think. The long box like cubby that the door will be added to...

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Part 3: Platform part ready for finish

02-11-2012 03:50 AM by Craftsman on the lake | 13 comments »

Once again, this blog series is a queen size platform bed made of hard maple. The platform or actually the bed is done. Yet to make is the bed head. I decided to finish the bed, sand and poly it then flip it onto it’s side so that I can gain some moving around room in the shop. A bed that is 60”x80” takes up a lot of room. I’ve been cramped. I decided to put the bed on roller stands. It made it much better to work on and is sturdy. As you can see the end of the b...

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Part 4: Starting the bed head

02-15-2012 09:43 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 3 comments »

The bed is done and standing on it’s side in the shop so that I can have a little room to move around. Time to start the bed head. The design is that of laminated inlays that alternate between oak and maple. Oak is a wood that when finished naturally isn’t all that dark. So, it should make a moderate contrast to the very light maple wood. The design will also feature an arched top on a radius of about 114 inches. So that I should see a drop of about four inches from center to ends of the ...

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Part 5: Bed Head Glue-up and cutting the curve

02-16-2012 10:41 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 1 comment »

Today I finished gluing up the bed head and then set the curve for the top of it. I used the formula you see below to find the radius of the curve. I wanted a drop of 4” on the ends when the bed head is 60” wide. This formula lets you find the radius needed to make the curve. I took a long section of pine and attached it with a bolt to my table saw. I squared off the bed head with the saw and attached part of my router fence to the end of the stick. I used that to draw the curv...

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Part 6: Finished

02-18-2012 09:40 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 13 comments »

Today I put casters on the bed and sanded and sprayed the headboard with four coats of polyacrylic. The casters are rated at 225 lbs. each. I got the locking ones because they were out of the ones without locks at Lowes. The price was about the same. I’ll never be able to get to the locks or need to use them anyway. I put the bed own and it rolled smoothly. It’s pretty heavy, must weigh 200-300 lbs I’d guess. The only thing left to do is cut the plywood for the top that will...

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