Walnut Platform Bed

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Blog series by Craftsman on the lake updated 08-28-2012 08:32 PM 7 parts 28079 reads 55 comments total

Part 1: The wood and initial assembly

07-27-2012 09:39 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 8 comments »

I’ve built a bed for my oldest daughter and one for the wife and I. My youngest, finally on her own after college with a job and an apartment requested a bed too. My first was a raised panel oak bed. Ours is a maple platform with storage beneath it. This one will be very different. A floating platform bed. She requested Walnut and curly cherry. I went to look over the wood at Highland Woods in NH and decided that the curly cherry had very little contrast to the walnut so I chose to u...

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Part 2: Wings and disco lights ??

07-27-2012 10:13 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 12 comments »

The platform bed will have large, what I call wings, on the sides and foot. I glued a section of walnut on the side wings up near the head. These will serve as as sort of side tables. the wings are 5/4 in thickness and have recessed trays in them. I chose an ogee edge for them and routed the outer edges of the ‘wings’ .Using a tray or bowl cutting bit the depression was routed using both a bearing template of mdf and a simple sled to clean out the inside of it. I love routi...

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Part 3: Wings and wing support

07-31-2012 12:04 AM by Craftsman on the lake | 6 comments »

Continuing on with this bed. Today I carved out the tray on the other bed wing, and started to mount them..I had to route a shallow slot for the strip of LED’s to be placed..The LED’s have a 3M strip on the back so they’ll stick to the wood..The knees that will help brace the wings are glued on with two screws assisting from the back side of each..I glued the wings on the bed frame and to the knees. Sunken screws are put all along the edge of the frame. You can just seen the...

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Part 4: Dry fit of the bed head with iris carving

08-10-2012 02:57 AM by Craftsman on the lake | 7 comments »

Well, the bed head pieces are all cut and fit. I did a dry run of the assembly. I’ll need to tweak it a little with a plane but the fit is pretty good. The frame and center iris panel are walnut. the larger panels are jatoba, and the end panels are hard maple. Why is the center one walnut? Because of these woods it was the only one that I found was considered a carving wood on the internet. The three inner panels are actually the width of the bed. The two maple ends will protrude fro...

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Part 5: Making the bed head have a Japanese flair

08-17-2012 09:03 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 4 comments »

Today I cut the curve by bending a stick between three screws and drew a line on paper to make a half pattern. After cutting on the bandsaw and planing/sanding the curve, I mounted it about an inch above the bed head. Tomorrow we’ll see about attaching the bed head to the bed rails. Then mucho sanding, layers of tongue oil and later the lighting installation. ...

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Part 6: Got some oil on it

08-24-2012 09:17 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 8 comments »

I managed to get a couple of coats of tung oil on the bed today. After prolific sanding to 400 grit I thinned about 50/50 pure tung oil and turpentine and sealed the wood. After drying I got another coat of slightly thinned tung oil. A couple more to go I’d think then a rub down with some steel wool and eventually wax after a good time to cure. I’ve never worked with these woods or tung oil. Have I got it right guys? Don’t want to get too complicated.The LED lights will be a...

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Part 7: Lighting... It's Alive!

08-28-2012 08:32 PM by Craftsman on the lake | 10 comments »

Today I installed the LED lighting on the underside of the ‘wings’ of the platform. I had to solder some connectors to the LED ribbon. It wasn’t easy as the soldering connections were small and close together, probably a pencil lead width apart. I did manage though. Pictured are the soldered connections and one of the connectors before soldering. The remote control talks to the digital controller (white box). It has an antenna whip seen as the loose wire in the picture. I...

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