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Project by Chris Davis posted 07-18-2007 01:02 PM 16847 views 13 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a twin size platform bed made from oak wood. It has 3 drawers for storage and a MDF platform edged in oak.

The three drawer pedestal has drawers on one side for those small rooms where the bed must go against the wall on one side. The other side is just a false panel. The false panel was built so it can be collapsed. It is hinged at the corners so that when the two center supports are removed, it would be able to fold flat for easy shipping.

The drawers are made from ½” Russian Birch with ¼” plywood bottoms. 18” epoxy coated euro rails were used to mount the drawers in the case.

Since this is a platform bed, where no foundation will be used, the mattress had to be supported. A MDF platform was chosen. To match the pedestal, the platform was edged in oak and 45ed in the corners. The trim for the platform was attached with biscuits and pocket screws. The overall size of the platform was made the exact size of a twin size mattress. This way all you see when the mattress is added will be the edge of the platform.

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MsDebbieP

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#1 posted 07-18-2007 01:25 PM

a collapsing bedframe. Now isn’t that brilliant!!

Looks like you really thought this out to fit all the needs of present and future.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribele, Young Living Wellness )

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#2 posted 07-18-2007 01:42 PM

Very cool bed, just what you need if you have to leave the country in a hurry lol, jut kidding. Great Idea better get it patented. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Chris Davis

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#3 posted 07-18-2007 01:56 PM

Most of my pieces I don’t consider to be brilliant, just a development out of necessity. The customer wants it, I build it. A lot of my stuff is a continued evolution process. I’ve made the drawers section hundreds of times over about a 15 year span. About every year or so, I’ll change something to make it better, cheaper, or faster to build.

-- Watch live video from our shop. http://www.wwbeds.com/#!current-projects/c3c1

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TomFran

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#4 posted 07-18-2007 05:40 PM

Most of my pieces I don’t consider to be brilliant, just a development out of necessity. ” – Chris Davis

“Necessity is the mother of invention.” A great motto indeed. Thanks a lot for sharing your work and your philosophy behind your work. I don’t consider any of my pieces to be brilliant, but I still have fun making them, and some people even like them.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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TomFran

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#5 posted 07-18-2007 05:43 PM

Chris,
It looks like you used a few pocket holes in the construction of this. Thanks for the photos displaying your construction process – it really helps me to see what methods of joinery others use.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 07-18-2007 06:13 PM

Great job! The mattress looks a bit firm for my tastes, though. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 07-18-2007 07:37 PM

great ingenuity!!!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#8 posted 07-18-2007 07:46 PM

Nice woodworking and the drawers are a great idea – I sometimes wish that I had drawers in my platform bed. I have one concern – ventilation for the mattress. Is this for a foam mattress? In that case I guess it wouldn’t matter.

-- John

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#9 posted 07-18-2007 07:53 PM

Tom, I do use a lot of pocket holes. I couldn’t live without it.

John-I’ve never hear of the problem of ventilation from under the mattress. I know with box springs there is usually a solid board under the fabric. If you have any info. on that could you send it to me. Thanks for the comments. If I’m doing something wrong I always like to know.

-- Watch live video from our shop. http://www.wwbeds.com/#!current-projects/c3c1

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woodspar

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#10 posted 07-18-2007 10:26 PM

I guess in a humid climate like New England, USA, I like to keep things ventilated. I did not know about the solid board under the box spring. I bought a new “regular” mattress and just put it on top of the slats. I am no expert on bed building, having only built one. :-)

-- John

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#11 posted 07-19-2007 12:42 AM

Chris, My Kreg pocket hole jig is some of the best money I’ve ever spent on woodworking equipment. They are so easy to use and the holding power is excellent. And, if you locate them where nobody ever looks, who cares that it’s not mortise and tenon – they work . (Maybe if the Kreg people find out how I’m plugging their products here, they’ll send me some free stuff ;^D )

I actually got “interested” in pocket hole joinery when I visited an Amish furniture store. I was surprised at how much they used them – and the furniture was not cheap stuff either. I figured that if the pro’s use these, then they must be pretty good.

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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Don

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#12 posted 07-19-2007 01:33 AM

Thanks, Chris. This is a carefully thought out design and nicely made.

Many years ago, I used to make mattresses. Any spring filled mattress has an air cavity of about 4 – 6 inches between the top and bottom surfaces of the mattress. The mattress borders often have small air vents, but even when they don’t, there is sufficient breathing capacity in fabric, that moisture can escape through the sides.

Personally, my only concern with any mattress platform is that because there is relatively no give in the platform, it makes for a very ridged mattress. Some people like this, but I would find it too firm.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/

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Chris Davis

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#13 posted 07-19-2007 03:44 AM

Tom, bought a kreg jig a few years ago and quickly couldn’t figure out how I ever got along with out it. It is well worth the small investment (maybe I’ll get free stuff too, Just kidding…not really) I was doing so many pocket holes that I realized that I needed a production version. I bought a used Castle Pocket Hole machine and now I can’t figure out how I did them by hand.

That seem to be the case with all my new purchases. I buy them and realize I can’t do without them.

-- Watch live video from our shop. http://www.wwbeds.com/#!current-projects/c3c1

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#14 posted 07-19-2007 04:38 AM

Chris, When you do this for a living, the right gadget can really be a time saver – and money maker. A professional like you will make his tool purchases pay for themselves in short order. Hobbyists like me will probably never make back the money I’ve spent on my tools, but I still like to buy them ;^D

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#15 posted 07-17-2008 04:33 AM

I broke down 2 years ago and upgraded to the foreman pocket hole machine. A few minor adjustments to get it to clamp right and drill to correct depth, but saves a lot of time. I usually make about a project a month (10-12 per year) dancing around all that teaching. I really want a production machine, but can’t justify $3k. Overall the foreman works, but is just a little overpriced. Would seem reasonable for what it does for about $400-500 rather than 800. but no regrets. Tooldad

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