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okay, well really this is just a spot for me to ramble on about random topics

Sunday, November 28, 2004
There was a mission Friday - build a King Platform Bed Frame.

Task 1: Buy Tools
Thankfully all the crazy shoppers were at Best Buy and the Mall. Home Depot wasn't nearly the madhouse I was expecting.

To complete my wanna-be-butch-lesbian carpenter starter kit:
An early Christmas present from Amanda: 10" Bench Table Saw with Stand and a few "to me, love me" presents: Ryobi 18 Volt Super Combo II (6-in-1 kit), SkilĀ® Jigsaw, and a SkilĀ® Sheet Sander.

Task 2: Buy the Materials
It amazes me how friendly men can be when they see two women in the lumber section.

2 - 1x12x80" - Poplar

Side Rails
2 - 1x6x82" - Poplar
2 - 1x2x78" - Pine

Center Rail
1 - 2x4x8' - Pine
(although, you really needing 2 more rails)

12 - 1x3x8' - Pine strapping

Set of Bed Rail Fasteners
Set of Center Rail Fasteners
(Both are specialty hardware that I could only find online - Rockler.com)
A bunch of screws, 1", 1-1/4", etc.
1" Brad Nails

Task 3: Build the Bed
I measured out the rest of the needed cuts, since the helpful gentlemen at Home Depot did most of the exact cuts.

Not really sure which saw to use (I had so many options), I busted out the reciprocating saw and that seemed to work well for most of my cuts. Well, once I went back out and bought a set of C clamps to hold the pieces in place.

And, after several small trips out to the local Wal-Mart for the right screw lengths, the bed was underway. There were really only a few small flubs (screws in the floor, put the bed rail fasteners on incorrectly and cut a couple pieces too long (phew, easy fix).

When everything was said and done, the bed fit together seemlessly, it didn't squeak, and more importantly the mattress fit.

I built my first major piece of furniture. Not in two weeks, or two months, but in one day. I'm off to tend the fire and figure out what to build next. Lots of scrap wood to utilize!


Congrats. Make sure you save the scrap wood you might need it another day.

I can't wait to see it.
O.M.G. I cannot believe you built a BED. From SCRATCH! Egads!
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