Arts and Craft Bed Build – Material prep

It’s been a while that I want to do a bed.  One that caught my eyes was an arts and craft bed that was featured in an article of Fine Woodworking a few years ago.  The article features a bed designed by Gary Rogowski.

The bed in the article is for a queen size bed, but the one that I target to do is based on a single bed dimension.  I need to soup up the bed of my oldest daughter.  Don’t want to put names, but build as a kit and makes me fringe when she plays hard in her bed.

The bed will be constructed out of maple, as it is stock that I had readily available in the shop and the dimensions will be adapted to fit for a single size bed mattress.  I bought the plans a few years ago and noted the dimensions that needed to be changed for this size of the bed.

There are also some dimensions of stock that were changed a little bit to accommodate the stock that I had already in the shop.  I had to go and buy some extra stock, mainly for the side boards.  I did not have long enough boards to do the length.  I got stock wide and thick enough to get the sides and internal components so that the slats are well supported.

The knock down hardware is from woodcraft and resembles the one mentioned/used in the article.  I expect to spend some time on fiddling with the proper dimensions to get the proper fit.  Not that it’s complicated, but want it to be a perfect fit.

Here is a first picture of the rough stock for the foot and head board.  The slats and side boards will come later when these first 2 components are set and assembled.  Trying to mill the stock as we go, specially that this stock was already acclimated to the shop.  Not too worried on it moving too much on me.

Rough maple stock for my daughter's bed
Rough maple stock for my daughter’s bed

Bruno Quesnel

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