Frame and Panel Bed

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Project by barringerfurniture posted 09-30-2014 10:28 PM 5758 views 29 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi everyone. I’ve been working on this frame and panel bed for myself, bit by bit between other jobs. Finally brought it home yesterday.

This is solid Cherry throughout, with 3/4” thick reclaimed Mahogany panels that came from some door jambs I rescued during a remodel a couple of years ago. That house was built in the early 1930’s. There are a few nail holes and hardware impressions left that give it a bit of character. The applied molding is Black Walnut. Finish is several coats of Danish Oil. I’ll wax it once it cures for a few days.

Each of the legs are built up from two pieces of 6/4 stock, laminated together and milled with the coved taper on two sides at the base. They’re joined to the headboard and footboard with 1/2” X 1/2” tongue and grooves. The rest is typical frame and panel construction, with 2” pinned mortise/tenons securing the center stile.

It’s a platform bed, with pine slats and currently supports my futon mattress but was built for a standard queen.

Made a few boo-boos and learned a few lessons on this one; I first tried building the legs from two pieces, bevel cut so that the seem would end up on the corners and theoretically not be seen. That didn’t work out so good for me, so I did it this way instead. Much simpler and came out clean.

Also, this is only my second frame and panel job and the first time I’ve used applied molding. I’m a little unhappy that I slightly eased the corners of the molding instead of leaving them crisp and sharp. The idea was that I didn’t want any sharp corners where I might lay my head. I should have left it alone though – that’s what pillows are for.

Thanks for looking!

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA

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#1 posted 09-30-2014 10:33 PM

Wow, that looks great!

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#2 posted 09-30-2014 10:34 PM

Hey! The bed came out great. It really looks like it belongs in that room.
Nice project, thanks for posting.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 09-30-2014 10:46 PM

Thanks Kelly and pintodeluxe. I really lucked out on this apartment. Makes for great photo shoots for a lot of what I build.

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA

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#4 posted 09-30-2014 11:01 PM

Wow that is a work of art. Beautiful!! Great Job.

-- AL, North Bend Oregon

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#5 posted 09-30-2014 11:22 PM

Outstanding! And it looks like you built the room around it!
Very Nice!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#6 posted 10-01-2014 07:50 AM

Awesome Awesome.

-- Matt, California.

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#7 posted 10-01-2014 07:54 AM

This looks really great!

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#8 posted 10-01-2014 09:03 AM

Great looking bed, Nice lines.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#9 posted 10-01-2014 01:38 PM

cathedrals should always be up.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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#10 posted 10-01-2014 04:19 PM

Thanks everyone. vonhagen, what are “cathedrals”?

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA

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#11 posted 10-01-2014 11:51 PM

Really nice lines. Enjoy it.
How did you choose to connect the side rails to the foot and headboard?


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#12 posted 10-02-2014 12:42 AM

iminmyshop, thanks. The rails are connected with these:

I like the idea of the mortised ones too but these work great and are very solid. They cinch the rails tight against the posts so there is no rocking at all.

Investigated different bed bolts too but it seemed like a lot of work. I didn’t want to see a bolt cover from the front and I didn’t like the concealed ones for some reason I can’t remember.

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA

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