Commisions #14: Contemporary Bed

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Blog entry by teenagewoodworker posted 06-03-2010 10:51 PM 2526 reads 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey Guys.

i’ve been building this contemporary bed for about 2 weeks now and I finally have something work posting. This bed is built out of a combination of plywood and poplar as it is to be painted. It has 6 drawers under the piece as well. So to start off The actual bed area where the drawers are is made out of plywood made in a very similar manner to cabinets. More or less it is just 3 cabinets that are screwed together so they can be taken apart later if Need be.

As you can see in this picture I’ve already started fitting the drawers that are just made out of poplar. The customer wanted the drawers to be large to maximize the space but he couldn’t justify the cost of the deep drawer slides so we ended up going with just regular drawers.

but as you can see there is something that looks like a compartment at the end. What that is is more or less a full extension for drawers. If you are doing a very large drawer this is the best way to give it full extension without using drawer slides. That little compartment will never be seen as the drawer stops will be placed to stop at the first divider. Therefore a larger drawer will have a good foot still remaining inside the bed when it is fully extended to the extent of its holding capacity.

also if you notice how the bottom is a different wood. Since its a drawer bottom its not a big deal but it was the best stuff that I could find for the drawer bottoms. It was 15 dollars a sheet and has one face which is flawless. It’s a good deal.

well that’s all I have for now. Maybe there will be more saturday or sunday when I start to fit and finish the face frames for the bed as well as the head and foot board which are to come as well.

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#1 posted 06-03-2010 10:56 PM

It’s great you’ve got a commissioned job and looks like it’s coming along very well. Good Job Denis


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#2 posted 06-03-2010 10:59 PM

Nice work Denis!

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#3 posted 06-03-2010 11:35 PM

Nice job, having seen your work I am sure it will turn out great.

I would like to give you some food for thought. Blocking off the back of the drawer to fake a full extension is wasting space that is already there and could be used. I don’t believe the look is worth loosing all that storage. With 6 deep drawers, by blocking off the last 1/4 of space, you are loosing an entire drawer and a halfs worth of space. Most people who commission storage pieces want every inch of storage they can get, convienent or not. JMHO

-- Doubt kills more dreams than failure.

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#4 posted 06-03-2010 11:58 PM

rhett…. i thought that over and the problem with using the whole drawer is that you really can’t use it. With a drawer this big (48”) to have the whole drawer out when it is full would have huge forces exerted on the end of the drawer. It could cause the back to pull off or get loose and same with the front. So that’s why I want to leave part of it in the case at all times. It will prevent against that as well as make sure the drawer doesn’t sag to much on its way out or fall out of the slot. There really is no good way to do a 30+ inch drawer and have the whole thing out especially when full… unfortunately. The drawer slide that were within his budget were only 30” any ways. So we are still getting 6” more space per drawer plus it brought the price down a bit.

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#5 posted 06-04-2010 12:03 AM

Quit being sneaky, Denis. I see 6 secret compartments. Well done.

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#6 posted 06-04-2010 12:04 AM

haha… thanks Eli. But they’re not much of a secret now!

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#7 posted 06-04-2010 12:32 AM

I must not understand how you are trying to use the slides. A mechanical slide carries 100% of the load 100% of the time, whether it”s extended or not. The load rating is based on an extended cantilever. If the drawer is heavy enough to break the slide its going to break the slide. If that is even a possibility you may want to rethink the plan. I know your work isn’t going to be the weak link in this scenerio, the hardware is. That being said, if the hardware fails then your work will look like the weak link. I am only trying to help as this is a a road I have been down.

What a customer wants and what a customer can afford are rarely the same. Now you have to charge extra for putting in the secret compartments.

-- Doubt kills more dreams than failure.

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#8 posted 06-04-2010 12:48 AM

ohhh… I see… I’m not using the mechanical slides. It runs in the opening like a regular drawer. There’s nothing mechanical. That’s why I have the extra space so that the drawer doesn’t tip. Like an extension of the drawer. No drawer slides.

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#9 posted 06-04-2010 01:04 AM

Now we are on the same page.

-- Doubt kills more dreams than failure.

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#10 posted 06-04-2010 02:02 AM

plywood, poplar, and oh dear are those screw heads… it’s enough to make someone break out in hives…

-- criticism: the art of analyzing and evaluating the quality of an artistic work...

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#11 posted 06-04-2010 02:21 AM

yep I’m breaking out in hives right now

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#12 posted 06-04-2010 06:00 AM

If I’m reading this right, you’re making a Full size bed or larger. That means that the drawers don’t reach the other side of the bed but, they’re pretty close unless you’ve got a King sized bed. So, could you push the drawers out the other side to access the back compartment? If you don’t like that idea, think about this. You say that the back of the drawer can’t be reached unless the drawer is fully extended but, actually, it can. The back of the drawer can be reached with a stick or hook or even a long armed customer couldn’t it? So, why not prevent full extension and let the back be usable but inconvenient space?

Don’t you just love the way people like to redesign your projects for you? By the way, how did the Bubinga projects turn out? Did I miss them?

-- Jim

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#13 posted 06-04-2010 09:14 PM

OutPutter… it’s been redesigned a few times by the guys over at the 207 so it’s fine by me. The bed actually goes up against a wall so that is why I am doing the large drawers in the first place. Otherwise they would probably be coming from both sides so 12 drawers.

Also as far as the Bubinga projects they are put aside for now since I have a few good paying projects lined up and more in the works. So of course I gotta make money and I can’t pass up good paying jobs these days.

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#14 posted 06-05-2010 03:10 AM

Good to see your projects, again, Denis!!

I thought maybe that girlfriend was taking up all your time ;^)


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#15 posted 06-11-2010 05:38 PM

Looking forward to the finish. Looks good so far.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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