Walnut Storage Bed

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Project by dotson79 posted 10-22-2018 08:08 PM 2105 views 14 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished the king size beg to go along with end tables for my daughter. Solid walnut bed with ash slats and Baltic birch drawers. The posts came from an 8 foot 4×8. Scared to death as a prepared to cut it in two.

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#1 posted 10-22-2018 09:32 PM

I know that feeling. I had a friend buy a 3600$ slab of curly babinga. Where/How to cut to make the most out of it. You did a great job on the bed!

-- Petey

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#2 posted 10-22-2018 09:55 PM

Great details.

-- Terry O, Stonewall, MB, Canada

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#3 posted 10-22-2018 10:40 PM

Good looking Heirloom Bed, bet your Daughter will love it.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#4 posted 10-22-2018 10:46 PM

Stellar job on the building of the bed….It looks great… I like the idea of the drawers underneath for storage….That is some really nice looking Walnut….!! I like working w/ Walnut….I need to build a new bed for one of our bedrooms, but alas, I have a bad back, so it’s gotta wait…...!! Your daughter should be very proud of her new bedroom suit, and of course, her dad for building it for her…..!!

-- " There's a better way.....find it"...... Thomas Edison.

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#5 posted 10-23-2018 01:23 AM

Very nice work on that bed. It is a nice design with the drawers.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 10-23-2018 11:50 AM

That looks great!

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#7 posted 10-23-2018 01:20 PM

Nice work! It looks like you made a successful cut of your 4×8.

Finally finished the king size beg to go along with end tables for my daughter. Solid walnut bed with ash slats and Baltic birch drawers. The posts came from an 8 foot 4×8. Scared to death as a prepared to cut it in two.

- dotson79

-- Scott

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#8 posted 10-23-2018 04:25 PM

Beautiful bed and gorgeous walnut. A true heirloom.

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#9 posted 10-23-2018 05:23 PM

That is one fine bed. Walnut just makes it that much better.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#10 posted 10-23-2018 07:46 PM

Bed looks great. Did you go off of plans or draw it up yourself?

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#11 posted 10-24-2018 02:05 AM

She had a picture of what she wanted. I drew up my own plans for the bed. It was very satisfying when it all went together. I had finished the headboard a couple of years ago and they were using it. Then the footboard. The side rails are 1 1/2 inch angle iron to carry the weight to the back with the drawer frames then built around them. It took me a while to find someone would could make the frames so it sat for a year. Once I got the frames, I was able to finish it up. Like I said, very satisfying to see it come together. I’m an eighth inch off someplace, but I’m not telling where!

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#12 posted 11-05-2018 03:58 PM

THIS! This is exactly what I needed to see. I’ve been trying to figure out how I want to brace the drawers for the bed I’m designing of similar nature. Your slats for the bed cover half the bed in two rows. what are your two center stretches anchored to? the back of the footboard and a solid piece connecting the legs of your headboard? I didn’t know how to create enough support over the distance and thought I had to put a leg in the middle of the bed. Thoughts?

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#13 posted 11-06-2018 02:15 AM

There are 2×4 pieces of walnut running between the front legs. There are similar pieces built into the structure of the footboard. There is a 2×12 that runs down the center between the headboard and footboard. The drawer carcass is bolted to the center 2×12 and the drawer side pieces sit into the angle iron to carry the weight back to the rails. I walked across the center support without the drawer carcass, bounced a bit, and had no issues. Adding the carcass turns the 2×12 into a 4×12 and then there are the 12 pieces of plywood for the drawer side supports that carry the weight out to the rails. And as you said, all of the slats are carrying weight to the side rails also. With that being said, I had a short piece of the 4×4 walnut left so I made a center leg. I really don’t think its needed, but its in the center so not it the way of anything. Good Luck with your project!

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