This Week In the Shop: In-Progress Bed Design and Build

You may have noticed a distinct drop off in the frequency of posts here on WoodshopCowboy since the beginning of the year.  In that great crucible of life, demands of life has reduced my shop time.

Mostly, though, a majority of woodworking time has been caught up in a commission from my wife: a bed.

I’m chasing the look of Crate and Barrel’s Atwood platform bed in a queen size.  It looks something like this:

Crate and Barrel’s Atwood Bed

And here’s what I have so far – racked in clamps.  I’ve dovetailed the corners of the case.  The back panels and frames float in a 1/4″ groove across the piece.  The large supports on each corner are 2″ square birch posts, offering (I hope) substantial support for the bed frame system I’ll install later.

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I’ve tackled long-term projects like this before (my woodworking tool-box, for starters) but this one has taken both my “blogging” and my “logging” energy.  Check back soon – I’m hoping to have the foot board installed in the next few weeks.  I have a few gaps to fill.

A wise woodworker once said, "Every woodworker has bad dovetails in them.  The question really is how fast we work through them."  I'm still  a work in progress.

A wise woodworker once said, “Every woodworker has bad dovetails in them. The question really is how fast we work through them.”
I’m still a work in progress.

You can take a look at the Sketch Up model below to see the dimensions for yourself.

Footboard of New Bed in Google Sketch Up

Footboard of New Bed in Google Sketch Up

Make it safe & keep the rubber side down this week.