The Platform Bed build is just getting underway. This first episode is the construction of the “undercarriage” or support system for the slats that will be used to keep the mattress from falling through the middle of the platform frame.
Because it’s being hidden from view I decided to not use the same wood species as the rest of the bed frame, in fact the secondary wood is just Poplar. It’s plain, simple and more importantly in my neck of the woods, inexpensive.
The design of this support system is very straight forward and there are a number of options for constructing it. The joinery choice for me came down to something that was pretty simple but very strong, a corner lap joint. And to take that lap joint even further, the joinery for the long middle support is a half-blind lap joint.
How I constructed both of these joints is something I share in today’s episode. There’s different ways to construct each and my choice is the one that works best for me. But if you want to learn more about what the various options are for this joinery and many more, a great resource for the power tool user is the book “Classic Joints with Power Tools” by Yeung Chan.
A full set of detailed plans are available, thanks to Brian Benham of Benham Design Concepts.
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