Platform Bed

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Project by Manitario posted 04-17-2011 08:29 PM 3205 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, after abandoning my plans to make a king sized bed frame (lack of tools, experience, patience etc.) I came up with this plan for a platform bed. Due to height limitations in the loft where the bed is, I made it to sit on a “platform” of 2×2” wood, and have this covered by a frame, as you can see from the pics. The frame is oak with cherry 3/4 ply. Each section comes apart. Finish is a Minwax pre-stain conditioner followed by two coats of oil and two coats of brush on poly. I have mixed feelings about the result. It is my first large scale project as a ww, and took a lot more time and effort than my other small projects. As well, the design was completely my own. I was able to learn some new skills with the router and used a newly tuned up handplane for the first time. However, I see a lot of areas that I could have improved; the frame is not as tight to the boxspring as I planned, and I am not very satisfied with the way that the finish turned out; the brush on poly turned out uneven and slightly blotchy, despite a thorough sanding b/t coats. Anyways, it is a good start for me, although it gives me some things to work on for the future.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#1 posted 04-17-2011 09:13 PM

Nice looking bed.

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#2 posted 04-17-2011 11:17 PM

pretty design nice work

-- Richie, PA - " from rough cut to fine rustic furniture "

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#3 posted 04-26-2011 12:47 AM

I haven’t been on l/j too much lately and I am sorry I missed your post. This is a very nice effort! And so what if the frame isn’t as tight to the box springs- you have a nice fat feather bed/duvet to cover it up and it looks really nice! I never thought of just making a “wrap” for the bedsprings that are on the floor- rather than the traditional platform bed that often eliminates the bed springs (yuck). Good effort! For stain I use a rag and to wipe on/and another to wipe off. I’m not very good at staining either. LOL Ho hum. Can’t wait to see your next project. Keep at it Doc!

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#4 posted 06-06-2011 05:11 AM

Thanks Kelly! I’ve taken a bit of a break from LJ’s too… did some travelling, preparing to move and as always, home renos.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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