Asian Inspired Platform Bed

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Project by silverhalo posted 10-07-2009 09:14 PM 539892 views 497 times favorited 99 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a project idea borrowed from another fellow lumber jock who unfortunately I can no longer find on this site. I started it one year ago and have worked off and on between other projects and can now finally call it done. (It does still needs a head board though… oh well… at least its in sleep-able status!)

The bed frame is built out of African Mahogany, finished with 5 coats of pure Tung Oil and 3 coats of my take on Maloof’s oil/wax mixture (Tung oil, BLO, & beeswax with a splash of Turpentine). The slats are poplar with a couple of pieces of Alder holding up the center rail.
I have to admire people who do hand rubber oil finishes all the time, this was my first try at this technique and it was a very long labor of love…. sheesh. Maybe I should have started with something with less surface area for the first time, but it does look great in the sunlight and adds a lot of depth and warmth to the wood.

The joinery was challenging but fun. The sides interlock with the legs so the entire unit can break down into its individual pieces for easy transport if necessary. I just used a few screws for the inner rails that hold the slats up for extra strength, but really there wasn’t a need for many mechanical fasteners at all.

The foot of the bed I have carved the Bushido code (The way of the Samurai) in Japanese Kanji characters.They are the 7 virtues that the Samurai live by … Rectitude, Courage, Benevolence, Respect, Truth, Honor, and Loyalty. Something to remind me of how I wish to live my life in this hectic, crazy world we live in these days….

Hope this inspires someone to start a project of their own, Thanks for letting me share!

Here are pictures of my Sketchup drawings. Might help out with understanding the leg joints.


-- Robert Reznik - Albuquerque, NM -

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#1 posted 10-07-2009 09:20 PM

can’t wait to see what you come up with for the headboard! love it, keep up the good work =)

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#2 posted 10-07-2009 09:27 PM

That’s a really nice design. Simple and elegant

I’d probably bang my shins on it 5 times a day though… :)

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#3 posted 10-07-2009 09:32 PM

Wow. Thats beautiful.

-- Chris Boreham, Oxfordshire, UK - -

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#4 posted 10-07-2009 09:36 PM

nice work ,
clean lines ,
very elegant !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 10-07-2009 09:40 PM

Nice i like the style very much great work

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#6 posted 10-07-2009 09:45 PM

very nice indeed.

You may want to leave off the headboard as most asian beds are futons rolled on to the floor or on to a platform….I really love the asian style of simple lines and solid joinery….

Great finish….the results were worth the time for sure.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#7 posted 10-07-2009 10:07 PM

Beautiful design and execution.
I especially love it when it has meaning as described in the inscription.
I wish we had more asian design on LJ.
Maybe you could start a trend!!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#8 posted 10-07-2009 10:21 PM

Like adult Linclon Logs…....

Lovely now if I can get the wife to give up the old headboard set….....

I’ll show her this and maybe….

-- Measure once cut twice....oh wait....ooops.

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#9 posted 10-07-2009 10:42 PM

WOW! sweet. Great job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#10 posted 10-07-2009 10:45 PM

I love it, but I also know I would be banging my ankles every so often.

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#11 posted 10-07-2009 10:55 PM

I was confident that I wouldn’t bang my shins… I’m too conscience of my surroundings I said…. 15 minutes after I put it together….... bam! #$&$%#%#!!!!!! Oh well, it looked good on paper! hehe!

-- Robert Reznik - Albuquerque, NM -

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#12 posted 10-07-2009 11:31 PM

Wow, that is really striking. Great job.

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#13 posted 10-08-2009 12:40 AM

great, it,s very cool

-- Work is my road to knowledge,Curiosity is my fellow traveler. El trabajo es mi camino al conocimiento, la curiosidad es mi compañero de viaje. Héctor

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#14 posted 10-08-2009 12:58 AM

I love the looks of this. Ditto on the shins.

-- You always have tomorrow to stop procrastinating.

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#15 posted 10-08-2009 02:14 AM

wow. Beautiful and inspiring!

-- Chris

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