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Finally it’s done and moved in. After watching Charles Neil’s video again, I figured he’s probably forgotten more about bed construction than I’ll ever know. So I went with a 1×6x 3/4” tenon and a 3/8×5” bolt for each side rail. Side rails are 1 5/8” x 8 1/2, machined own from 8/4 stock. I used 4/4×5 maple for the slats and dovetailed the ends, hopefully to make the frame more rigid. I made 2 faux tenons to cover the bolts on the foot board. These are held in place by 2 rare earth mag. I got that idea from a fellow LJ, but I’ll be damned if I can find him again. Kudos to you mate. I went back to Minwax Teak oil and water borne Varithane for the finish. It’s damned heavy, but boy is it solid. I’m quite pleased with the results as it the Mrs. My thanks to all the respondents for your thoughts and encouragement. Now I gotta get new lamps. Sigh! It never ends.

PS. I hate it when the pictures come out sideways.

-- Mark

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#1 posted 08-06-2018 04:40 PM

That is one good looking and solid bed. Nice touch with the dovetail slats. Clever idea to hide the bed bolts as well.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 08-06-2018 07:01 PM

Fantastic construction resulting in an absolutely bed! Thanks for sharing. Sleep PROUD.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#3 posted 08-06-2018 08:59 PM

Mark, that is a real beauty. I have never seen slats dovetailed into the frame. You can make lamps to match the frame if you care to do so. I bet it would also gain you some major points with your Mrs.

-- Art

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#4 posted 08-06-2018 09:38 PM

That turned out really beautiful. A piece to be proud of and hand down in the future. I agree with Art, make the lamps to match the set :)

-- Kim - imperfection is the pursuit of perfection

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#5 posted 08-06-2018 09:51 PM


Very cool design and work. I also enjoyed seeing the dovetailed slats. A hidden element that’s really a craftsman’s touch. Interesting on how you did a support frame for the center of the bed frame. Elegant and functional. I wouldn’t listen to Art. If you’ve seen his latest project you’d know he’s off his rocker now. :)

Thanks for sharing.


-- T Loftus -- Just on the edge of common sense

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Bob Collins

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#6 posted 08-06-2018 11:34 PM

A great job Mark, something to be proud of.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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Jamie McDonald

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#7 posted 08-07-2018 01:06 AM

Very much an enjoyably useful project, congratulations! Beds are big projects and flipping parts over and end for end, test fitting parts etc… is certainly a lot of work, and now you and yours will remember for the rest of your life this wonderful thing you created. Every time you wake up in it just remember to tell yourself that it is so much better than what you had before… and oh yeah, I made it.. It never gets old. Beautiful work and solid project.

-- "The notes I handle no better than many pianists. But the pauses between the notes - ah, that is where the art resides!" --Artur Schnabel

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#8 posted 08-07-2018 02:47 AM

Looks awesome, Mark. Very nice work. This is on my short list of projects and hope to get it started in the next few months. Congrats on a job well done.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#9 posted 08-07-2018 05:36 AM

Thank you for all the kind words gents. Firewood. Build your bed. It’s an extremely satisfying, though sometimes frustrating project. I sat on the fence re: the bolt / fitting for the assembly. I can’t speak highly enough of the Charles Neil video/ technique. Rock solid and easy. Do it!

-- Mark

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#10 posted 08-07-2018 12:59 PM

You did a nice job on this bed and I like the design.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 08-07-2018 02:44 PM

As someone who is 90% finished with a similarly styled bed frame….. I really wish you had posted this a couple months ago.

Looks great! Wish I could go back and change my design to incorporate some of this!

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#12 posted 08-09-2018 05:16 AM

This is a beautiful bed. Thanks for showing all the different stages of building it. Gave me some great ideas.

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