Pete's Kingsize Bed

Credits David Marks for his inspiration.

SHOP OWNER: Pete Petersen
LOCATION: McCordsville, IN

    After about three months of work, I have finally finished our bed. I found a photograph on a Website featuring Danish bedroom furniture and modified it to suit my wife and I. We decided we liked the platform look better than the box spring look. Besides, I like a firm mattress and you can't get much firmer than one on top of a " sheet of MDF.
    Made out of soft curly maple with wenge inlays, it also features a " thick laminated arch (six 1/8" pieces) on top of the headboard, and a " piece of solid wenge on top of the footboard. Also, the rails have a " solid curly maple strip on top.
    The maple, on all parts except the legs, which are solid, is veneered to a one inch MDF substrate. Yes, that took a lot of resawing!!! I owe a lot of my inspiration and technique to David Marks' WoodWorks show on DIY and HGTV. He introduced me to the world of veneering and I had a lot of fun learning.
Pete's Kingsize Bed

    As to the veneering process, it all starts with a visit to my lumber supplier. I bought numerous 5/4 and 6/4 boards (most were 7-8" wide). I then re-sawed them to about 1/8" thickness on my 14" Jet bandsaw with riser kit and a " Timberwolf blade. Next I ran them through my drum sander until they were all 3/32" thick. I did the veneering with a vacuum press I purchased from VacuPress. I also used their Unibond 800 resin glue. It worked beautifully, with no bleed-through. If you buy a vacuum press, no matter from which manufacturer, I would highly recommend the VacuPress instructional video before you start. It'll answer most of your veneering questions.
Pete's Kingsize Bed

    For joinery, I used biscuits and Titebond yellow glue for both the arch on the headboard and the footboard. The two side rails connect to the headboard and footboard with hardware that I bought from Rockler. Each of the four connection points consists of two 7/16" dowels for registration and two Heavy Duty Recessed Bolt Cams (Rockler Part #18623). Two might seem like overkill, but after all of the time I spent on this project, I wasn't going to take any chances. The center rail (not pictured) for this king-size bed is a 2 x 6 piece of maple I had laying around and connected to the headboard and footboard with Center Rail Fasteners (Rockler Part #10025).
    The finish that I put on is the stuff that David Marks uses all the time on his show. I put one coat of Seal-A-Cell (linseed and tung oil) and four coats of Arm-R-Seal made by the General Finishes Company. Both are available from Rockler and Woodcraft. The stuff is idiot-proof and has really brought out the figure in the wood.
    Oh yeah, that's my "Shop Dog", Jake, in the picture. I guess he thinks he deserves some credit for the project, too.

. . . Pete Petersen



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