Arts and Crafts Bed Frame

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Project by Fraser Gandy posted 04-21-2012 01:32 AM 6270 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a double sized Arts and Crafts style bed frame I made for my final project at college. This was a great learning experience for me and if I were to go back to the start of the build, there are definitely a few things I’d do differently. But, I’ll save that for future projects.

The stain is a custom colour matched stain from a sample of hardwood flooring I found. the stain came out a bit darker on the poplar, (as opposed to the oak flooring) and thats totally okay with me. The colour came out great.

The finishing guy from Finest Finishes sprayed and lacquered the bed for me for free, and my current boss at the time, paid for the stain and for Les’ (finishing guy) labour. I went into Les’ shop for a few days, did the pre-stain sanding, staining, then sanding between coats (two coats) of sealer. The bed was delivered after a day in his show room to wait out the lacquer smell.

The dresser in the last photo is the next project. Going to strip and re-finish the dresser to match the bed frame. The colour may not be exactly the same, as the dresser is made of maple and not poplar.

Overall, it was an amazing learning experience, and in the end, I have myself my first piece of furniture I can truly call my own.

I blogged the building process here. Feel free to check it out and comment however you like!

-- Drummer Gandy

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#1 posted 04-21-2012 02:04 AM

Nice bed. It’s going to look fantastic when it’s stained and finished. Too bad Nova Scotia is so far from East Tennessee, I’d quarter saw enough white oak for you to make a pair of bedside tables to go with your new bed.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 04-21-2012 10:39 AM

Looks good fraser..its a keeper never sell…i have a magizine rack that sits in my living room that i made in high school carpentry class… very much part of my past..keep up the good work


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#3 posted 04-21-2012 12:25 PM

Nice Job! I agree with kizerpea – It’s a keeper.

-- "If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." Red Green

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#4 posted 04-21-2012 01:46 PM

Great looking bed and great work building it. It is a keeper, keep on going and build the rest of the furniture to go with it!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 04-22-2012 01:12 AM

Great bed! You’re on your way for sure.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#6 posted 04-22-2012 01:34 AM

Looks mighty fine my friend ,mighty fine indeed.


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#7 posted 04-23-2012 03:12 AM

Very nice work, I wish I could have had such skill in high school (let alone the shop!)
-question for you: What kind/brand of “knockdown bed fasteners” did you choose, and why? I recently had total non-straight-hole failure of another post-to-rail join, and would like another “no mortise” option to consider.

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Fraser Gandy

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#8 posted 04-23-2012 10:00 AM

ChrisMc45 – I used mortise free bedlocks from Lee Valley. The reason i chose them was partly due to time constraints and also because i didnt want to screw the male part of regular bed locks into the end grain of the side rail. These bed locks just screw on the face (have little knubs you pound in) and then you’re good to go!,40842,41269&ap=1

-- Drummer Gandy

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#9 posted 05-26-2012 10:34 PM

Beautiful bed.

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