Monday, February 4, 2013

Making my Bed (Part 1)

Howdy y'all.

I am so bi-polar about posting.  I am gung-ho most of the time, but I tend to hold back if a project is not finished.  And let me tell you, I have not finished a project in a long while.  You would know if I had.

Well, I have come to decide that this is not a constructive attitude.  It stands to reason that I do not want to post in-progress images of things like paintings, but, for the last...  uh...  nine months (?) I have been building a bed.  It is a prototype of sorts, and I would love to share some photos.

Here is the base.  I have since added another board down the middle, to help support the slats and to add a foundation for the middle headboard support.

The current slats are from a box spring my house mate couldn't get up the stairs.  He had to chop it up to get rid of it, and we were able to salvage this part and get it up my challenging spiral staircase.

Here she is with my very flimsy Ikea mattress on top.  There is a thin layer of particle board over the slats for comfort, but I am thinking I need to double the slats.

And this is how it currently looks all made up.

So what's left?  My plan for this bed is to have attached night tables, so the to-do list is as follows:  a couple more slats, night tables, headboard, and the edges of the platform need to be faced with a nicer wood.  Then of course staining.  I originally wanted to stain the poplar I am using for the platform edges, but I love the look of the mineral stains and other natural variations in the lumber:

This piece is going to be at the foot of the bed.

Now I just need it to get a little warmer so I can get back to work.  I may be able to start the headboard without favorable weather though.

Well, that's that.  I am easing myself back into painting too.  More on that later!

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