King Bedroom Suit- Bed, Nightstands, Dresser

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Project by Chad posted 01-14-2013 03:05 AM 3627 views 18 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my most recent major project—a bedroom suit for our new king-size mattress. I’m not sure what to call the style (maybe you can help), but it’s simple and classic, and will certainly last a lot longer than our last discount furniture store set.

All the pieces are made from solid poplar (and birch ply panels). The legs on all the pieces were glued up from poplar boards. The finish is India ink and lacquer—unconventional, but one of my favorites for “paint-grade” materials. It doesn’t hide the texture or completely obscure the grain, and has a lot more depth than paint.

The bed is a king-size platform bed. The rails are 1×8s with two 1×4s glued inside to support the slats. I used 12 solid pine slats, with the edges rounded over and pre-drilled for countersunk screws to prevent movement. There is a center 2×6 rail with a 5th leg in the center of the bed. Side and center rails are attached with right-angle bed rail hardware from Rockler. Joinery on the headboard and footboard is with Kreg pocket-hole screws, none of which are visible (hopefully my last time, since my new table saw opens up a world of joinery possibilities). The bed is rock-solid.

The twin nightstands have a single drawer, which I made from solid poplar. Drawer boxes are dovetailed with a Porter-Cable jig and bottoms are ship-lapped poplar attached with drawer slips. Runners are hard maple dovetail runners from Rockler.

The dresser is a beast (6 feet tall). It has plenty of storage space—I had to go up instead of out since we don’t have floor space for another unit. Drawer boxes are solid maple dovetailed boxes that I purchased assembled and finished. While that was expensive, I’m glad I did it because it saved me several days of work and allowed me to get the dresser in the room before company arrived for the holidays. I used two maple dovetail runners for each drawer, and was very happy with the way the drawers went together. I found a great trick for installing the false fronts on this site—leave screws protruding slightly from the front of the box, then place the front where you want it and give it a whack, leaving marks for mounting. A couple of them needed a little help from a hand plane—a few coats of lacquer was enough to close the reveal, but it was easy enough to fix. It also took a few tries to align all the runners, but after a little beeswax, they are buttery smooth. I installed stops on the bottom side of each drawer (also found great tips on this site).

Overall, I’m very happy with this set. Compared to other furniture I have built in the past, I was proud of how far I have come. I am still looking forward to upgrading my joinery skills (the table saw will make that a lot easier), but otherwise, I wouldn’t change much.

-- Chad in Charleston, SC,

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#1 posted 01-14-2013 03:34 AM

They all look super Chad very nice work.

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#2 posted 01-14-2013 06:34 AM

Super clean work, well done!

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#3 posted 01-14-2013 03:14 PM

Great projects! They made the whole room looking spectacular with their great build and design.


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#4 posted 01-14-2013 04:32 PM

Super nice looking job on these

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 01-14-2013 05:37 PM

Very nice!

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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#6 posted 01-14-2013 07:40 PM

Beautiful. I think I am more impressed with how much space you have in your bedroom. Those are some big pieces and they don’t fill up the room. They display very nicely. Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#7 posted 01-14-2013 09:26 PM

Well, it isn’t tiny—but it’s amazing what a wide-angle lens can do.

-- Chad in Charleston, SC,

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#8 posted 01-14-2013 10:01 PM

Strongly built! The wood looks fantastic! Magnificent work!

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#9 posted 02-23-2013 12:35 PM

This bedroom set looks awesome. I’ve been contemplating using poplar/birch ply combo and a dark stain to build a headboard my bed. I think your project has given me the affirmation needed to commit to that path.

-- paxorion

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#10 posted 04-04-2013 05:59 PM

This is incredible! It’s all very sleek, very professional. Will definitely use this to help in my design.

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