This is another commission piece - commisioned by LOML! What would I do without her to keep me busy with projects? We had talked about about doing this project for the past 2-3 years. The design is a basic platform bed but we couldn't decide on material until she inherited an old (antique?) headboard. Since the headboard is red oak, that took care of the material decision. Now, we're off to the races. Yeah, right!
The bed is the first project I've drawn using SketchUp. Thanks to Dave Richards, I got past my brain cramp and was able to get this thing modeled. Partly as practice, I combined the models of the bed, nightstand and some other objects into one SU file. and that's what you see as my avatar for now. I guess I'll need to add a copy in this thread since I'll change my avatar sometime. I was actually making some progress on this project while still involved with my credenza build. Whenever I hit a point where I was, in essence, "watching paint dry", I'd mill some of the red oak. Several panel glue-ups are part of both pieces and I've already done those as you can see below.
The top of the nightstand is dressed up a bit with what was going to be veneers that I would slice from a red oak board. Then, I remembered I had a couple of pieces of 3/4" red oak plywood left from a previous project. I checked the dimensions and was able to cut four angled pieces from the plywood to make the field of the nightstand top. I was wondering if I'd ever find a use for that plywood!
This graphic will give you a general idea of how the bed will go together. Internally, it's two matching "coffins", as LOML tagged them. The four drawers provide a lot of storage, of course. The sections at the head of the bed have no drawers because there will be a nightstand on one side and a chair on the other. We can still access those areas for storage by sliding the mattress down and lifting a cover from it.
I'm not going to document as much as I did on the credenza, but I will try to get photos of each major step,. Y'all have a great weekend!
Edit: Here's an image from a combined SketchUp file showing the bed and nightstand.