Platform bed with drawers out of Cypress

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Project by firefighterontheside posted 08-27-2014 01:05 AM 3129 views 5 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve been wanting to build this be for a long time. We bought a new memory foam mattress and that seemed like the right time. I had no plans to follow. Just some ideas in my head and a few notes on a piece of paper. I bought rough sawn cypress from a somewhat local supplier. I bought 16 1×6x8 and 6 1×8x6 all 4/4. This was a lot more than I needed, but I needed to buy enough to make the trip worthwhile. The drawers are 30” wide and 24” deep. This will be a lot of extra clothes storage. Piece made the drawers with the front attached to sides with sliding dovetails and the back joints were lock rabbets. These were firsts for me, so it took a little time, but they turned out good I think. I love the cypress. The finish is sprayed on Minwax polycrylic. Thanks for looking.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#1 posted 08-27-2014 01:11 AM

Really nice. I love the storage under the bed. The cypress has a great color.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 08-27-2014 01:14 AM

Sweet job Bill, it turned out great…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#3 posted 08-27-2014 01:19 AM

Very nice job on the platform bed, Bill! I hope to have one similar to yours posted after October (after big conference). Happy birthday wishes to Mrs. Bill.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#4 posted 08-27-2014 01:20 AM

It was worth the wait. Great job, Bill

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#5 posted 08-27-2014 01:36 AM

Nicely done Bill. I like the storage.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#6 posted 08-27-2014 01:37 AM

I absolutely love it, Bill. That is one high class bed. The cypress is fantastic.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#7 posted 08-27-2014 01:46 AM

Great work Bill, and you work fast…....seems like it was just a week ago you started on this!? Lot’s of good learning in this one and I think those sliding dovetails are a good idea….those drawers will last forever….well done…..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#8 posted 08-27-2014 01:52 AM

A fantastic build.
Sure to be well used for years to come.

I’m thinking that with the mattress installed….
It will be much more comfortable!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#9 posted 08-27-2014 01:56 AM

Thanks for the nice comments. Good luck with your bed build Don. Feel free to copy anything I did and learn from my mistakes. Jeff I picked up the wood a week ago today. Needed to get this done and move on to the next…

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#10 posted 08-27-2014 02:05 AM


That is a wonderful job and I have not seen better.

Many years ago my wife wanted to buy a bed like that but it was way to much so we just stayed with a metal frame.

The lady folks can never have enough storage. Well done

-- It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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#11 posted 08-27-2014 02:14 AM

Bill, Outstanding job on the bed. I love working with cypress. Y’all will enjoy that for many years and I’ll bet it lasts for generations.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 08-27-2014 02:15 AM

Nice wood and great work. Very professional looking. Thanks for the share.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#13 posted 08-27-2014 05:30 AM

So massive construstion, verry nice!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 08-27-2014 05:56 AM

Bill the Cypress really came out looking great ,love the under bed storage

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#15 posted 08-27-2014 11:44 AM

Great job, Bill. Plenty of storage and it looks good and sturdy.
That cypress is very nice.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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