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Offline cpw

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Twin Bed
« on: August 27, 2018, 08:00 AM »
I built a bed for my niece.  The rails are 4/4 poplar connected to the headboard using 2 DF500 connectors + a 8mm domino on each joint.

The posts are actually 4/4 poplar cut to 1.5" then dominoed together to make 2.5" posts (jointed down to 2.25").  The headboard and footboard's frame are silver maple.  I'm super impressed with the dust collection of the OF2200 while routing the profiles.  The field of the headboard and footboard are 3/8" poplar captured in the frame with a bead profile at the transitions between the 5" wide pieces.

The cross slats are 1x4" pine.  4 of them are held in place with dowels.  The rest are connected with 2" wide poly straps.  Gravity would have done the job, but I figured I might as well over doit.

It is finished with white BM Advance.

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Offline grobkuschelig

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Re: Twin Bed
« Reply #1 on: August 27, 2018, 09:58 AM »
Nice build! Great work!
Would you mind showing some more pics of the process, if you have any?
I always find it inspiring to see the way to the result as well...

Offline neilc

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Re: Twin Bed
« Reply #2 on: August 27, 2018, 10:50 AM »
That looks nice!  Good to see you used the DF500 knockdown connectors.

Offline cpw

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Re: Twin Bed
« Reply #3 on: September 01, 2018, 10:51 PM »
I've had a lot of trouble posting more photos; but here is another go.

I couldn't get any thick enough wood for the posts; so instead I made them out of 4 pieces, using 6mm dominos to align them.  You can see that some of the pieces are not exactly straight; so there was a lot of clamping to persuade them.  After they were dry, I ran them through the jointer/planer so they were nice and smooth without any gaps or visible seams.

This is definitely one of those cases where you can never have too many clamps.



Offline cpw

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Re: Twin Bed
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2018, 10:56 PM »
To align the post caps, I used dominos.  With this project, I found it much easier to build jigs and use the base of the domino than try to use the fence for alignment:

Offline cpw

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Re: Twin Bed
« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2018, 10:57 PM »
This is one of the caps after doing the mortises for the dominos; and the top of the post.

Offline cpw

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Re: Twin Bed
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2018, 10:58 PM »
The head board glued up and clamped.  Getting the slats to align right was a bit of a challenge.

Offline Birdhunter

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Re: Twin Bed
« Reply #7 on: September 02, 2018, 05:37 AM »
Thanks for sharing your project. I built a king bed frame of quarter sawn white oak. It turned out nicely, but I’d be hard to convince to build another
Birdhunter

Offline jobsworth

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Re: Twin Bed
« Reply #8 on: September 03, 2018, 03:04 PM »
very nice, I sure she will enjoy it