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PostPosted: Fri Mar 25, 2016 8:20 pm 
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As with many couples, I suffered with having to share my marital bed, with a 'Bedhog', it was time to do something about it, this was my second major project of 2015, and one I had been promising to do, since moving in.

The first job was to buy the new mattress, there is no point in building a bed and then trying to find a mattress to fit, it wont work, you build the bed to the mattress. We ideally wanted a 2m x 2m bed, unfortunately our bedrooms are 'comfortable' and wouldn't accommodate anything bigger than 1.8m wide, so I decided on 1.8m x 1.9m as a good compromise.

I couldn't use mahogany construction lumber for this, I needed dry lumber, at that time, I had been unable to find any hardwood suppliers that could supply me with the timber required, so I decided to use pine, which was 'guaranteed' dry, I took that with a pinch of salt, nothing in Colombia is as it seems, so I left buying the timber until I was ready to start. It meant going to three separate Suppliers to get the sizes needed, fortunately I have a trailer so it was no hardship.

I started off making the head and foot boards, cutting all the parts created a mountain of sawdust, I kept getting told off for not wearing a dust mask, but I have never worn one, and although it hangs on the wall, is not likely to get used any time soon, just something I have never been comfortable with.

Having cut the parts, I started to assemble the headboard, centre panel. This consists of ten, 1" x 8" planks, which are in real terms 3/4" x 7 1/2", the outer two I had to cut down, so that I had an overall width of 71 1/2". The plans called for these to be glued together, and then the main support would be the trim which is 3 3/4" wide on both sides of the panel. Although I am sure this would be fine, I wanted to be sure I had no problems in the future, so I pocket holed and glued all the planks to each other, which took quite a bit more time.

The trim, on the front, I glued and used brad nails, to fix in place, the nail holes I later filled with pine coloured wood filler. The back trim is fixed in place with glue and 2" screws which were drilled and countersunk, the screws going through into the front trim. All the parts were sanded as I went along, and again when the panel was finished.

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The bottom board was just a smaller version of the same. I then framed them, with the legs, leaving the top rail off for the time being so it wouldn't get damaged.

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It was then the turn of the base, because the base will be out of sight, it will not have any finish, I therefore wanted to do the best in ensuring it won't warp or twist, therefore I sealed the end grain of all the pieces with glue-size, a mixture of PVA glue and water 10/90% respectively. I then left this to dry.

When it was time to assemble the base, I drilled and countersunk the side rails, and then assembled the base in the Gazebo, as it was the only place flat and large enough to take it. Each 2x4 rail was glued and screwed with 2 x 3 1/2" screws at each end, there is certainly some weight in this.

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Time to give the bed some colour, we decided on Roble or Oak, in a matt finish, which gives the bed a rustic look.

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Rather than using plywood to top the base, I decided on MDF, for the sole reason that I could buy a sheet that covered the whole base, rather than having to buy two sheets of ply, it would be sealed before use, so I was not worried about any toxicity from the MDF.

Then came assembly, I had to do this in situ, and it was with some trepidation, that it began, because I hadn't even done a dry-fit to see if everything slid into place. The only addition was to make a centre leg, for support, due to the extra width.

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I think someone else must have made this bed, it went together like a dream, after which I installed lighting into the frame, before tidying up and adding the mattress.

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Then it was time to start the bedside tables, I won't go through the build process, except to say, that rather than buy drawer runners, I made wooden ones, they worked fine in years gone by, why not use them now.

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They obviously received the same colour treatment as the bed

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after a day or two to let the odour dissipate, they were pressed into service!

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Looks good... :thumbleft:

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looks ace to me! beautiful piece(or a few) of furnishing :cheers:



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Wow really well made, looks fab!


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Correct me if I am wrong, but I always thought a bed base needed some ventilation and could not be solid ???


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Jet wrote:
Correct me if I am wrong, but I always thought a bed base needed some ventilation and could not be solid ???


I've heard that before too. However...

Topside of the mattress is vapour permeable...

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What about the many millions of divan beds with continuous hardboard lids and storage underneath? No different really.

Might date back to a time when houses were badly insulated, drafty and damp :dunno:


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I have a thing for "tiny" drawers! Great project, looks solid from here.

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