House Bed - Queen

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Project by HoneyDew posted 01-16-2022 09:55 PM 580 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It was one of those projects you can’t turn down – when your daughter shows you a picture and asked if you could make one like it… except it needed to be for a queen size bed instead of twin – especially since it was going to be for your two grand daughters.

it was good little project, not so many complicate things but just a large piece of furniture that needs to be somewhat portable and compete with commercially available ones. No pressure :)

Some unique features of the bed –
+ The main solid lumber was just the four post – I spend one weekend just jointing and plaining the four posts to be mostly square
+ the remaining beams are all fabricated 3”x3” and 3”x5” using 3/4” for two sides and 1/2” plywood (15/32” or whatever they make these days) – I did this mostly to make it easier to get large square beams but also to reduce weight so I could work with the pieces without so much effort. It also gave some advantage for joining the beams.
+ The end peaks were a good exercise in patience getting nice tight joints at angles. But this was exceeded by the top center beam which I kept the same dimension on the top and side faces which required the bottom to have peak of it’s own. I walked a away a few times before working out the angles on that one :)
+ The head and foot were sufficiently balanced to stand on their own without being attached to anything – I didn’t anticipate that would be possible.
+ I used available hardware to join the side rails to the head and foot and a center rail
+ for the slats I was able to use a prefabricated deck from a national company – it gave a little spring without having to make it. I had to stiffen the center rail after I delivered it because the 2×6 was too springy – the babies liked jumping on it.
+ I used furniture bolts for the upper beams – I was trying to work out some more hidden joinery but I didn’t think any was going to be more hidden or better. I did have a problem on my first attempt at assembling the ends with the beams. I got one end attached but while working on the second end the first came undone – which prompting fell putting all the pressure on the thread insert twisting it and busting out. That took the rest of the day to drill and chisel out so I could replace the end. After that I added a cheater block that helped align the proper height and also gave a ledge to hold the weight while assembling.
+ LED strand lights were added to the upper beams – They worked really nice except the first storm and power cycle caused the lights to come back on in strobe effect which was a huge surprise to the sleepy baby and to the parents as they saw the lights in the hall during the downpour.

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#1 posted 01-17-2022 02:25 AM

Nice work. I bet it was a real hit.

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#2 posted 01-17-2022 01:26 PM

That is a pretty wonderful looking bed. I bet they all love it!

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#3 posted 01-26-2022 12:57 PM

Awesome work! I bet your grand girls love it.

-- Alex R., NY

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