Maple Bed Frame

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Project by Wally331 posted 03-16-2013 02:03 AM 2223 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When my brother moved off to college, he took his bed with him. So we were left with two choices- buy a new one, or have me make one- always looking for a project I chose the second option.

I looked around online for quite awhile, always returning to the design on After I made my homemade bandsaw, I figured the bed would be no problem.

Soon after I found myself in the lumberyard selecting the maple- about 150$ in materials. Most of it I had them leave rough sawn, then thicknessed and surfaced with my newly acquired no. 5, no. 6, and no. 4. I really had a good time surfacing all the lumber, as tiring as it was. I had a pile of shavings past my knees when I was done!

With all the parts the right thickness, I hand-ripped all laminations for the legs- about 8 ~30 inch rip cuts, what a pain. Glued and planed smooth, I turned the posts on a lathe borrowed from a friend, my first ever turnings. Their not perfect, but I’m plenty happy. After that I sawed out the head board, routed the groove and cut the panels. The joints are assembled with half inch dowels and plenty of glue. It was really a joy to use my new auger bits to drill the holes for the dowels, surprisingly accurate.

I finished the bed with 4 coats of ZAR oil based poly- followed up by steel wool and a bit of wet sanding followed by wax. Overall I was pretty happy with the project, it was my first real piece of furniture, and as a 16 year old kid, hopefully the first of many. Sorry for the huge text block- thanks for looking!

P.S. The bed is queen sized by the way, and quite comfy!

link to the woodgears article, and his free plans

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#1 posted 03-16-2013 03:25 AM

You are definitely on the right path. Great job on the bed!! Look forward to your future posts.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic.... :)

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#2 posted 03-16-2013 04:14 AM

Excellent craftsmanship and wood selection. I’m sure the pics don’t do it justice.

What will you make next?

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#3 posted 03-19-2013 02:51 PM

Fine looking bed! You got great talent and skills. Looking forward for more great projects.


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#4 posted 03-27-2013 12:48 AM

That’s outstanding.

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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