King size platform bed

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Project by atceric posted 01-08-2012 04:34 AM 5008 views 11 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Lots of weekends involved in this project. The plans came from Woodsmith, Issue 160, but I modified them a bit. The original plans called for a much reduced footboard. I essentially made a scaled down version of the headboard instead for the footboard.

The project is all hard maple except for the maple plywood inserts. Joints are all mortise and tenon with oak pins (Norm would be proud of me). Frame and panel construction captures the plywood inserts. It’s an extremely solid piece!

The design features contrasting colors, so the pieces had to be pre-stained/dyed before assembly. Since maple has a tendency to blotch, pretreatment of the wood was critical. I have used shellac to pretreat cherry, but this time I opted for Charles Neil’s Blotch Control. It worked very well, and I was very amazed at the results. Zero blotch, and none of the build up that I experienced with shellac. It is a water based product, so you have to sand lightly after raising the grain. A minor inconvenience in my opinion.

Another thing that worked really well for me was dying the wood versus staining. It was my first attempt to experiment with dyes and I chose Transtint Medium Brown. I sprayed on the dye and wiped back. I’m now a big fan of dyes. It’s amazing the clarity of the grain versus staining. The finish was a favorite of mine, wipe on General Finish Oil/Varnish blend.

Woodsmith has a number of plans for matching night stands, dresser, and such. Seems I have a lot more work to do. :)

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#1 posted 01-08-2012 04:41 AM

Very good looking Bed and King size too. nice work.


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#2 posted 01-08-2012 06:23 AM

Thanks for posting the plan source.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#3 posted 02-14-2012 04:14 PM

I looked at the plan on line and it’s all in Queen size, Great job on increasing it.

Very nice work BTW, I might make this out of Oak.

-- Ken, USAF MSgt, Ret.

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#4 posted 02-17-2012 07:10 PM

Yes, it’s all Queen size in the original plans. I created a SketchUp model of it and scaled it up to King size. The footboard is also a modification from the original plans; it’s basically a scaled down version of the headboard. The headboard and footboard are just shy of seven feet wide. The side boards are nearly that long, as well. Very solid. The wife’s only complaint so far is that it should have been a few inches higher off the floor.

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#5 posted 03-25-2012 04:23 PM

Like minds think alike. I made almost the same bed, except I used walnut and 1/4 sawn oak. I had the oak panels carved with a design for my daughter’s wedding. I guess i should post mine so we can compare.

-- Mother Nature always bats last.

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