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Offline bnaboatbuilder

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Queen size bed platform
« on: December 03, 2017, 10:21 PM »
My wife and daughter found a bed design they liked in a catalog. I adapted the catalog design to include large drawers underneath instead of flat on the floor. Updating her to a "big girl" room.

About 8 sheets of Columbia Purebond red oak ply. Chosen so the large grain would get accentuated with white liming wax on everything. Used 2 cans of the liming wax.

This gave me a good project to put the new Makita cordless track saw through its paces back in early October. Ran the saw on all the Festool rails I already have. Used pocket screws and dominos in the assembly. Dominos to mount the face frames, 6mm for the sideboard face and 4mm for the headboard face since the sliding door dados took away space. The sliding doors fit in table saw cut dados; they move smoothly with the liming wax. Put power strips in both the headboard and sideboard all out of sight. Drawers are about 2 ft wide, 3 ft deep, 1 ft high with 28" soft close slides. The three main modules just barely fit up our stairs to my daughter's room.

Last thing still to do is make the drawer pulls. Those will be plasma cut 16 ga steel rolled into a good finger pull shape. I'll leave the raw steel look and clear coat the pulls.

I've been using an inexpensive program for about a year on my Mac called Simple Cutting Software X to maximize all my sheet cutting.

I did all my edge banding with an iron. Every piece of wood is actually ply including the face frames and drawer fronts, those are edge banded as well pre-assembly. I had more than enough plywood and no reason to spend more money on red oak boards. Durability will be just fine. Girls are much easier on things than boys.

Pro5 with 180 grit was more than ample for final sanding the ply prior to waxing.





1 of the 7 total internal frames for main bed section.



Test fitting drawer front in face frame



Jig for mounting all the slides exactly the same.



Drawer boxes





Early assembly of sideboard



Sideboard prior to waxing



I shortened one drawer when laying out the cuts in the software to prevent going to another full sheet and that drawer would be nearest the headboard, potentially where more stuff gets thrown on the floor anyway. You know how kids are.



Headboard assembly



First test fit for the head and side



All the modules are screwed together for tight fit.



2 pieces of ply screwed down for the memory foam mattress base







Close-up of the white liming wax. I apply it with a fat round brush, wait an hour or more and buff it with clean cotton rags. Makes for a really nice luster and smooth.

« Last Edit: December 03, 2017, 11:15 PM by bnaboatbuilder »
- John

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Offline jobsworth

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Re: Queen size bed platform
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2017, 10:43 PM »
Very nice work. I really like the side board .

Offline aloysius

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Re: Queen size bed platform
« Reply #2 on: December 04, 2017, 03:26 AM »
I'd recommend a few vent holes in that baseboard to reduce the buildup of the otherwise inevitable moisture & mould.
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Offline ear3

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Re: Queen size bed platform
« Reply #3 on: December 04, 2017, 07:30 AM »
Nice work.
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Offline mike_aa

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Re: Queen size bed platform
« Reply #4 on: December 04, 2017, 12:25 PM »
That's not a platform, that's a nest! 

Great work!  Thanks for the details!

Mike A.

Offline tealfixie

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Re: Queen size bed platform
« Reply #5 on: December 04, 2017, 02:57 PM »
Outstanding results! Question: How did the battery hold up on the makita? I have the corded version and the cordless seems like a great upgrade as I'd much rather cut outside than inside.

Offline bnaboatbuilder

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Re: Queen size bed platform
« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2017, 03:38 PM »
The batteries hold up well. I can't give exact numbers and anyone's experience can vary, but easily 250-300 linear feet of cutting in 3/4" ply. Can't remember what the Festool cordless version cut in that video they did a few years back, but I would guess it was more than the Makita. Regardless, I am completely happy with the battery life on the Makita. I also have the rear handle circular saw which uses 2x 18V LXT batteries as well and it lasts plenty long and has plenty power.

Outstanding results! Question: How did the battery hold up on the makita? I have the corded version and the cordless seems like a great upgrade as I'd much rather cut outside than inside.
« Last Edit: December 04, 2017, 04:49 PM by bnaboatbuilder »
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Offline Motown

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Re: Queen size bed platform
« Reply #7 on: December 04, 2017, 04:12 PM »
Great job. I am sure your daughter is going to love it!

Offline Papalima

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Re: Queen size bed platform
« Reply #8 on: December 04, 2017, 08:01 PM »
What a beautiful bed!  Very nice putting it all together.

Offline eddomak

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Re: Queen size bed platform
« Reply #9 on: December 05, 2017, 11:09 PM »
Fantastic work! I am just about to finish a full room makeover project for my own daughter that includes a bed and that has taken me a long time. Thanks also for the comments on the finishing process - definitely looks great and sounds simple enough for me to consider in the future as well.

Offline escan

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Re: Queen size bed platform
« Reply #10 on: March 20, 2018, 10:12 AM »
Looking good, great.

Offline rst

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Re: Queen size bed platform
« Reply #11 on: March 20, 2018, 10:20 AM »
 [eek]

Offline Cheese

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Re: Queen size bed platform
« Reply #12 on: March 20, 2018, 11:26 AM »
Nice...real nice job, don't know how I missed this post?   [eek]   I like the 2-sided aspect of the bed.  Love the look of the oak.

Thanks for the software tip and what liming wax did you use?

Offline bnaboatbuilder

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Re: Queen size bed platform
« Reply #13 on: March 20, 2018, 11:52 AM »
Thanks. I used Briwax white liming wax.

Nice...real nice job, don't know how I missed this post?   [eek]   I like the 2-sided aspect of the bed.  Love the look of the oak.

Thanks for the software tip and what liming wax did you use?
- John