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Build a Bed, Get a Reward. Good Doggie, Now Go Surf

by tres_arboles ( last modified Jan 04, 2012 02:38 AM
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by tres_arboles ( last modified Jul 17, 2008



tres_arboles headed for the beach rather than town, yesterday after work. I had a subaru-load of lumber, red mahaogany stain, heavy screws, and an idea in my head that I could build a piece of furniture. I've grown weary of the trudge to Ikea for their blandly attractive, vaguely modern, and somewhat easy-to-assemble stuff. Their stuff doesn't all seem built to last, so I figured with about a hundred bucks and a mahogany-veneer headboard we bought a while back at Second Use, I could build us a platform-style, king bed to envy.

I ripped some poplar 1 by 12's for the trim and "platform" elements and got them stained and rubbed out within 45 minutes of starting. I measured the box spring and cut down a trio of 2 by 8's to build the main "frame" of the bed. Then I cut down some 2 by 4's to form the bed-supporting ribs, blocking a few of them to add some stability. I cut feet from the leftover 2 by 8's scraps and attached them on the ribbing at the junction of some of the blocking. Since they are attached away from the bed "frame," the bed appears to be floating about three inches off the floor!

In my last step, I simply centered the frame to the headboard and had at it with 3-inch, number 8, deck screws. Put down the box-spring, the mattress, and the made the bed. Nary a squeak ;-)!

To pat myself on the back, I went surfing this morning. Nothing special: low tide, low interval bowl-peaks to mushouts. But I had my four-finned fish, which paddles like a champ, and wants to catch waves, so I paddled into some rips and made a few turns. All the while thinking I'd better get it together before summer's end 'cause Autumn's just around the corner and the big Northwests are coming.

I'll take pics of the bed when I get down next week. Baseball tournament in the mean time.



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