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Forum topic by StevenKimbell posted 11-18-2020 02:57 PM 296 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-18-2020 02:57 PM

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Hi all,
I have been playing with wood and tools for years, but only recently developed my skills to a level I consider adequate. I just completed a murphy bed project, but suffered a lot of angst over whether I had the skills to do it right and not waste the materials. Seriously, I spent months researching the mechanical aspects before deciding on a lift mechanism, then read and re-read over the directions for a month before diving into buying the materials. I learned a lot about this hobby I love and myself in the process, now I am looking to start a new project. One I am finding to be more challenging.
I want to build a pedestal bed, preferably one with drawers. I have seen a host of ideas on the web, and even tried – unsuccessfully – to draw up my own plans. My problem is I cannot settle on a method. I have found several plans, one is simple and uses 2×4s to build a base, one uses board lumber with lots of pocket holes, several are built somewhat like cabinets using 3/4 plywood. Like I say, there are lots of ideas. My problem lies in the size and style. I cant find one that is King size, has an overhang, is modular so it can be taken apart and moved at some point, and appears sturdy enough.
I have tried to design my own, but have so far succeeded in just frustrating my self. I tend to over-engineer everything, and cant settle on a design. I like the idea of using 3/4 ply, mostly because it is easy to get from local big box store, and this will be painted anyway. The 2×4 design has promise because I can build it out as three units, putting plywood over the outside for appearance. I am not too crazy about using board lumber though. I dont mind the pocket holes, its getting everything to fit smoothly that I have found to be an issue; the design has lots of edge to edge joinery.
Anyway, to the point. Can anyone point me to a good plan I can follow, or give advice on how to create my own? I know this is vague, in spite of the rambling post, but I want to do this right.

-- Barely Restrained Mad Scientist

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#1 posted 11-18-2020 07:23 PM

I made this bed, but I used pine boards for the drawer faces. I also made the footboard hinged so I could lift it up and slide other stuff into the middle section (suitcases, skis, guns, bodies, etc.). I moved a couple of years ago and it was easy enough to unscrew the middle support pieces and take the two main parts separately. Good luck!

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#2 posted 11-18-2020 07:40 PM

Wow! Easy plan, and I think pretty adaptable to what I would like to do.

-- Barely Restrained Mad Scientist

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#3 posted 11-18-2020 07:47 PM

I made this bed and blogged it’s development here. I don’t know if it will help you any. It’s framed with 2×4’s and the outside is maple.
I know that some people have to have a design with dimensions. But another way of doing it is to start with the size of your mattress and then just build something around it from there.

I also have two other beds in my gallery with blog posting of their construction. One is a platform (walnut one.) Again, all made starting with the mattress size and going from there.

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