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Thread: Queen Platform Bed - Completed - Finally!!!

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    Queen Platform Bed - Completed - Finally!!!

    Two years ago (but who's counting) I started a thread on a queen platform bed and night stand for our guest room. Well, after taking a few side trips on other projects and honey-dos around home, I finally got through the process of finishing and assembling the bed in the house.

    Here's the result of our labors.

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    We used red oak for all of the visible parts of the bed and nightstand. The foot board (as well as drawer fronts) are two boards edge-glued together. What you see here is one continuous piece in which I ran dadoes to give it the appearance of a drawer and two panels.

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    Two drawers on each side of the bed provide a lot of storage. Internal measurements of the drawers are 25" side-to-side, 23.25" front-to-back and 9" deep.

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    Access to the space near the head of the bed is via segments of the platform that lift out after sliding the mattress down a bit.

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    The choice of red oak was based on this headboard LOML inherited from her grandmother. She had always liked the headboard and, although we had talked about making a new one using veneers, etc., decided this is what she wanted us to use.

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    The nightstand top is made with four sections cut from a piece of 3/4" oak veneer plywood and glued into the pattern you see, then wrapped with solid oak.

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    As always, comments and critique are welcome!
    Bill Arnold
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    Beautiful furniture. Your wife was right; using grandmother's headboard was the correct thing to do.

    Now, if you could age wine like you age furniture* you would have it made
    *---The end product is aged 2 years and it hasn't even been finished yet.

    Just think of the millions of gallons of wine that could be out on sale 2 years sooner. Just the $ savings in rent for the storage, $ saved from temperature control, $ in labor saved should make the wine business very profitable.

    Seriously though, it is great furniture.

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    Very nice! I really like how you rounded the corners to compliment the headboard.
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    Very well done! I like the look - art deco? Beautiful use of grain and great finish.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rennie Heuer View Post
    Very well done! I like the look - art deco? Beautiful use of grain and great finish.
    Thanks, Rennie. The headboard dates from back in the art deco era and incorporates many of its elements. Some of the design features I used come from pieces I built during my tenure working in a cabinet shop after I "retired". The rounded corners are similar to those used on motor yacht furniture.

    Since you mentioned finish, I guess I'll go through it now since I left it out of my original post.

    Since I wanted to tone down the grain contrast of the red oak a bit, I sprayed the bare wood with Target sanding sealer before wiping on some TT Brown Mahogany dye mixed in DA. Next, I sprayed on four coats of EM6000 Clear Gloss and topcoated it with EM6000 Satin. The four coats of gloss were actually two sessions in one day spraying two directions each time.
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    Bill that is terrific.

    That is a bucket list item for me to do, for our king soft side waterbed.

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    Really beautiful, Bill. The rounded corners are fantastic and I can see the yacht furniture connection.

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    A true ten.

    Using the existing headboard wins a lot of points from the Mrs. too I'll bet.
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    well done bill and no cracking
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    Beautiful match to the existing headboard and it is always a good thing in my eyes to reuse family items. Nice color match and the extra storage will always come in handy.
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