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Project by Calmudgeon posted 02-06-2019 01:09 PM 1206 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had a request from my son and daughter-in-law to build them a platform bed. When it came to selection of wood species they said that they might want something other than maple, since I had previously done their entire kitchen and dining room in maple.

This caused an issue for me, since I had also previously made some nightstands for them in maple. After some deliberation on how I might blend different woods into a unified look for the bedroom, I decided to bite the bullet and just build new nightstands in walnut – a wood they like. They can re-purpose or sell the maple ones.

Construction/joinery of these is relatively simple, dowels for the framing, pocket screws for the baltic birch drawers. I sprayed all parts with sanding sealer before any assembly to prevent issues with glue squeeze out. I then assembled the side panels and sprayed everything with two coats of satin pre-cat lacquer. Only then did I move on to final assembly. I just find it so much easier to spray components in a horizontal position. You can see in images 5 & 6 that I protected the joint surfaces with tape during spraying.

The panels are just 1/4” mdf-core ply. I struggled with the choice of centering the figure on the panel or incorporating the same figure in all three panels (it repeats across the width of the sheet); there was no way to accomplish both. In the end, I went for the latter. Cost was also an issue in the decision, as walnut ply – and walnut in general – ain’t cheap. This is the kind of decision I make only for myself, since once these are sandwiched between the bed and wall, no on will ever see those panels again.

As I come from a kitchen cabinetry emphasis in my building, I opted for the familiar when it came to slides – Blum tandems with soft-close. I realize that’s a somewhat unorthodox choice for a piece of furniture, but I like the smoothness of the movement, and I knew I could incorporate them without too much trouble. I made the recess between the legs just deep enough to accommodate strips of 15mm (5/8” nominal) baltic birch, which I predrilled for the euroscrews that would attach the slides (pictures 5 & 6).

Finally, I attached the tops to the cabinets with figure-8 fasteners (image below). Now it’s on to the original project, the platform bed.

Anyway, any constructive criticism or questions are welcome. It’s not the most sophisticated build, but they will serve the purpose.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang





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avsmusic1

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#1 posted 02-06-2019 01:49 PM

Wonderful pieces

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#2 posted 02-06-2019 03:07 PM

Very clean and though I don’t like metal slides on furniture, when you have to use them, using the undermount ones makes it a much more appealing end result.

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#3 posted 02-06-2019 03:08 PM

Awesome combination of walnut and metal handles.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#4 posted 02-06-2019 03:40 PM

beautiful,love the clean simple design and your construction is flawless what more can i say,ill take two to go-lol.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#5 posted 02-06-2019 11:45 PM

Looking good, and they should really appreciate the quality and performance of those slides. :)

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#6 posted 02-07-2019 02:21 AM

Very nice nightstands. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#7 posted 02-09-2019 02:35 PM



Very clean and though I don t like metal slides on furniture, when you have to use them, using the undermount ones makes it a much more appealing end result.

- BlueRidgeDog

I understand the misgivings about metal slides; I share some of them myself. This was one of several decisions (ply panels was another) that were made in the interests of expediency. This project wasn’t really supposed to be on my to do list. I needed to get it done so that I could move on to the platform bed itself and from there back to the things that pay the bills.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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Calmudgeon

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#8 posted 02-09-2019 02:37 PM

Thanks for the positive comments, everyone.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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