King farmhouse style bed frame

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Project by RyanBWood posted 09-10-2018 08:42 PM 1585 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my first bed frame I ever made.

Came out of necessity and not wanting to spend a lot of money on a new bed. Made from construction grade 1×4 , 2×2 , plywood and a few other 2×4 and 2×10 rails.

No fancy knock down rail mounts this time. just nut and bolt ( to start with ) , later changed to a lag bolt due to play in the frame.

In one picture, you see 3 hex head style bolts that screwed into a metal insert I have in the frame. This was functional, but I had a hard time with alignment with the low grade lumber and sloppy measurements. I don’t recommend this approach for the rails.

After the bed was finished and in place in the room, I ended up removing the nuts, cutting out a notch in the headboard, shorting the frame an inch drilled new holes and ran a lag bolt from the outside of the headboard through the rails. again, low cost approach that was more stable.

Headboard construction was also WAY too over done. I finished both the front and back with 1×4 finished. we never see the back, so I could have not put any on the back side… it would have made it lighter because the way it is in this picture was nearly too heavy to move. it will be sold with the house as it is too heavy to move.

lessons learned: – measure twice, cut once – use real rail mounting brackets instead. – reduce weight with open back head board.

I have another bed to build for a friend soon, will take my own lessons and make a better version of this.

-- Full time kid chauffeur, woodworking on the side.

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#1 posted 09-11-2018 01:10 AM

NIce first project post Welcome to LumberJocks

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#2 posted 09-11-2018 03:52 PM

Looks great. Getting ready to start planning a headboard for our bed as well. What type of finish did you use? Think that may be the color we are aiming for.

-- I love the smell of wood chips in the morning

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#3 posted 09-11-2018 04:26 PM

The finish is ebony minwax stain. on pine it is blotchy, but it was the look we wanted.

then 3 coats of minwax polyurethane spray, matte finish. light 400 grit sand after second coat.

I can send you higher res images if you like… not sure how to on this forum though. and I only have a few posts in so far, so I can’t send private messages yet.

-- Full time kid chauffeur, woodworking on the side.

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#4 posted 09-11-2018 04:35 PM

It’s some very fine looking bed, I like the final colour.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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