Queen Size Bed

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Project by tommytenspeed posted 02-05-2014 03:47 PM 3325 views 22 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I found the plans for this bed in Woodsmith magazine and decided to give it shot. I made my first one (of three) out of Red Oak and followed their plans to the letter with one exception; I inserted Walnut panels in the upper portion of the headboard. My wife was tiring of all the natural Red Oak I was producing and requested that I stain it a dark color. It turned out very nice so I decided to make several more.

In my second attempt I raised the footboard 3 1/2 inches so it would be close to level with the mattress. I like this improvement as it allows you sit on the end of the bed more comfortably and has, I think, a better look. I also increased the the length of the side rails by 2 inches as the original design was quite cramped and made putting the sheets on difficult.

In my third attempt I decided on African Mahogany and Oh, what a difference the wood makes! It turned out stunningly beautiful; unfortunately, pictures can do it no justice.

I highly recommend this bed as it is incredibly strong, heavy, sturdy and stable. It will last many decades and you will be very pleased with it. One recommendation I have is to forget the hardware they recommend; it is difficult to use and expensive at $20 a set. I found much better hardware at:
for about $5 a set. They work much better and are easier to use (once installed).

This weekend my son and I are making him one with a few refinements. In the original design all the stock pieces are butt jointed together. With his bed I am going to use my raised panel bit set to interlock all the pieces just as you would with kitchen cabinet doors and use flat panels of Lacewood veneer over 1/4 inch plywood for all the panel sections. Pictures to follow.

After it was all said and done, I spent about $300 in wood ($500 for the Mahogany version) and about 30-40 hours (including finishing) for each one. A very worthwhile project that is sure to please.

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#1 posted 02-05-2014 04:44 PM

I thought that looked like mahogany in the first three pics. Very nice looking beds.

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#2 posted 02-05-2014 04:44 PM


I’m interested , really my wife is, in a bed. I noticed this as it has nice design features. 3 beds? LOL! You are probably able to do this with speed and precision. Our house has lots of similar architecture.

I’m guessing “no box spring” ? Did you consider drawers?

Thanks for the narrative. Yep you need better pictures for a piece like this.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 02-05-2014 05:51 PM

The mahogany one is indeed beautiful. Did you use the higher footboard with it or is the mattress in that bed even higher?

I can greatly appreciate all the work involved. I haven’t yet made a bed but I’m planning on it. From my understanding the use a lot of space in the shop during construction.

These are highly inspiriational – thanks for posting.

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#4 posted 02-05-2014 06:24 PM

The headboard is the lower one and I did not want drawers although you could incorporate some easily enough
I did not use the higher footboard on this one


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#5 posted 02-05-2014 06:32 PM

Nice looking bed, that came out very well.
I built two beds last year – one queen and one twin trundle. I think I have had by fill of bed building lately. They can be big, time consuming projects, but well worth the time invested.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#6 posted 02-05-2014 06:54 PM

Great job and nice to see and hear about your design changes and thanks for the tip about the hardware. keep up the good work.

-- John, Long Island, NY

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#7 posted 02-05-2014 08:03 PM

I have built beds on and off when a customer wants one and I know they aren’t easy to build. I must say you did an excellent job on these>

-- John

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#8 posted 02-05-2014 10:42 PM

Very Nice Project Indeed! Beautiful Work! Thanks For Posting!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#9 posted 02-06-2014 12:25 AM

All very nice beads but you are right, the Mahogany is stunning!

-- Mike, Western New York

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#10 posted 02-06-2014 01:13 AM

Great looking set of beds! I really like the mahogany one, also! I have a bed on my to-do list, and now may have to move it up the list!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#11 posted 02-06-2014 02:17 AM

Excellent work, they look fantastic! Also on my to do list, frankly I need to turn in a request for a 2nd lifetime to get all the to do list done from the 1st one. (laughing)

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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#12 posted 02-06-2014 11:59 AM

Nice looking bed.

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#13 posted 02-06-2014 04:20 PM

Nice work!

Thanks for sharing the hardware tip/experience. My wife is wanting a new bed and I have been considering this one or one that was featured in Wood magazine about the same time. The different wood makes this one look really nice. I will have to show her this build.

In the african mahogany version what is the panels made from?

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#14 posted 02-06-2014 05:06 PM

the panels are a sheet of African Mahogany plywood with African mahogany stock applied over it

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#15 posted 02-06-2014 08:49 PM

nice looking

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