Building a queen size bed from 2×4 lumber

I want to build a queen size bed for a friend using my plans. And I picked up most of the lumber from the Home Depot with my car. Now the plans actually call for a lot of 2 by 4’s and even 2 by 3’s, but I actually bought mostly 2 by 10’s, just because that way I got much better quality lumber. I’ll start by making the side rails and I want to use some of the nicest looking lumber for that, because that’s the most viable. And that side rail needs to be 7 inches wide. You heard that right, 7 inches. I’m actually using inches for this project. These big planer shavings sure fill up a dust collector fast. Now that I have the pieces planed, I can cut them to length. Now I need to glue on this rail, here and that will later support the slats. Now for the legs I need a whole bunch of pieces that are 2 1/2 inches wide.

But, I’ll cut these to a little bit wider from here so I can trim them down later. Now I’m gonna join the leg pieces together and here’s my long piece and this goes here, and this goes here. These 2 boards are gonna form the headboard with the posts on either side, like here and like here. And I want to give this a bit of a nice profile, so I modified the CAD model and freed up the template for this, and I’m just gonna trace that through, by outlining those lines with a carpenter’s pencil. And that will leave a mark on the wood. For the mirror image, I’m tracing my pattern through the back.

I’m just using a strip of wood to smooth out between the place that I traced through. Now, I’m just gonna round-over the edges before I put the headboard together. So, here’s my glued headboard legs and I could smooth the joints out with a hand plane, but I’ll just do it on my jointer. Here is roughly what my headboard is gonna go together like this. In my plans, I have this joined with dowels but, I’m gonna use some floating tenons, like these. They’re sort of like really big festival domino’s. And that should be much better. I cut these from a strip of Oak and rounded the corners on my router table. And I’ve already joined the foot board with those so, now let’s cut the joints for this one. I just worked up the spacing for the mortises and for each one of those I marked on which side the mortise goes so I don’t cut on the wrong side.

I’m gonna cut the slats on my slot mortiser which I haven’t been using that much since I built the pantorouter. But, this machine does slot mortises really well. I just transferred all the mortise locations for the rails. Now I can also cut those on my slot mortiser. I’m gluing blocks of wood between the slats and that will keep them from sliding around. I’m cutting down the slats in thickness towards the ends, which will allow them to rest a bit lower on the frame. And it also makes up for any differences in thickness in the scrap wood that I’m using. Before gluing it together, I’m rounding over all the exposed edges. Well, that took some fast action with the clamps and some hard pounding to get that joint fully closed. I guess that’s certainly a problem you could avoid, if you just used pocket holes. After that, I varnished all the pieces, but it was pretty boring so I didn’t take video of that.

Headboards are almost always pushed against the wall so I cut out this corner here, for a baseboard and cord around. A little bit, it fits. .

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