King Size Bed with Drawers

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Project by David posted 11-10-2015 10:16 PM 2255 views 6 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
King Size Bed with Drawers
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I drew the project full size on paper on a sheet of plywood. It was a little bigger than I dared to work up from a sketch and the drawing also gave me a good perspective of what the finished project would look like. The drawers hold lots of stuff: they are huge. I took a lot of pics when I could ~ too many to post here so here is a link.

Oak with a custom stain (annaline dye and oil process) to get it to match other furniture items in the room. The folks at the furniture store where my wife had purchased the dresser was kind enough to order me some handles so they would match too as we could not find them in any store or online supply. Because I work alone and it was too big to wrestle, I stained and finished before assembling the Head and Foot boards. I glued it together with system 3 epoxy so I had time to get things aligned. It required a fair amount of masking to catch any squeeze out but I didn’t have to worry about white glue spots not staining if I assembled before staining.

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#1 posted 11-11-2015 02:26 AM

Nice work, looks fantastic!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#2 posted 11-11-2015 06:48 AM

Nice looking bed.

I would suggest you learn sketch up. It’s easy and perfect for such a project.

Sketch Up is the best tool in my shop.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#3 posted 11-11-2015 03:00 PM

nice looking work. Thanks for all of the pictures.

-- Marvel Woodworking, West Chester, PA -

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#4 posted 11-11-2015 03:21 PM

Dave, thanks for the inspiration! I love this design. I have been researching for a design similar to this for months. Just started a week ago to design a bed using Sketchup. Been slow going as I am learning Sketchup as I go. I wil definitely be studying your bed. Great job.

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#5 posted 11-11-2015 05:41 PM

I coud have done it in Sketch Up. I use to teach Autocadd and have that program but like a boat builder, I wanted to see it in actual size to check my proportions and if it just looked “sweet”. Sometimes a scale drawing doesn’t give one the real sense of what it will look like plus my wife could look at the drawing and get a real handle on size. It is a big bed. I had to get help moving in the 2 boxes and setting it all up. The plain panel connecting the 2 boxes at the foot looks ~ well plain so I may replace it with a panel that matches the footboard: just pondering. It’s held on with screws from the inside so easy to replace.
I was also concerned about the lack of air circulation under the boxes as in the Pacific Northwest, mold is prolific so I have large areas cutout on the box bottoms. The platform has air holes as the Temper foam mattress lays directly on it and I didn’t want any mold there either.
Also if you are building one; king size beds all have a wimpy little post under the center to reduce sag. I looked a factory bed some friends have and the post is half tipped over and in my opinion a better solution was simple. I put a piece of plywood on edge between the two drawer boxes with a little cap strip. It runs almost from head to foot and can not tip over. The platform sits on the rail ledgers and this divider. Our bed is rock solid

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#6 posted 11-11-2015 09:31 PM

That is a great looking bed and you’ve don avery nice job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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