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519 Platform Bed Build No. 8 “The Finale…mostly”

February 15, 201423 Comments

Headboard angles

I won’t make any excuses for the length of time it took to complete the construction of the platform bed. Sure it was supposed to be done by Thanksgiving…and then by Christmas…and then by…well, you get the picture.

The truth of the matter for me is simple, large projects should not be started anywhere near holidays that involve family visits and travel plans. When you know you’ll be gone or preoccupied every weekend of those month(s), whittling might be a better project to tackle to feed the woodworking bug. Actually, I guess that is an excuse…

Looking back on previous builds in which their original deadlines were never met, I have a very consistent track-record of not meeting them. But hey, that’s part of the fun of being a home woodworker versus a professional. When it’s my family and I miss a deadline I’m not freaking out, I just bribe them to stop whining.

So with that said, today we wrap up the construction of the platform bed. The final remaining piece to be built was the headboard and that’s exactly what I tackle.

I know many of you will be disappointed I don’t wrap-up the video series with a look at how it’ll be finished. But as I explain in the video, I hate finishing so there’s no way in the world I’m recording it. I am planning though on writing an article or two about it once it gets underway.

A big thanks to my son Aiden for being so “patient” and for interrupting the final moments of the video to express his feelings…many of which I KNOW ALL OF YOU WERE THINKING TOO!

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  1. John Verreault (aka Johnny Vee) says:

    Great series finale! Just one question, why didn’t you use your drill press with those big bits? It’s just made to handle those babies!

    • Matt says:

      I was going to originally. But as always, I wanted to be able to demonstrate there’s more than one way to tackle a task…and I wanted to hear from you ;)

  2. Lee says:

    Nice job on the bed. I like the curly maple headboard, can’t wait to see it with a finish on it!

  3. Eric Rusch Sr says:

    It would have been ten times easier (and way more accurate) using that big honkin drill press.
    How come you never use that thing?

  4. Joey says:

    Slow down there speedy. You’re still way faster than I am. I still have an entertainment center in my shop that I started in 2005. It’s almost done and I hate it but it will be finished..eventually. I’m just letting the wood acclimate a little longer lol!

  5. Walter K says:

    The bed looks great! Is there an issue with posting the video to iTunes podcast as it is not showing up.? After hearing you mention it on Woodtalk, I had to hunt the video down on YouTube.

    • Matt says:

      Thanks for going hunting! I’m looking into the issue right now, I noticed there’s a small issue with iTunes, so I’m trying to figure out what’s happening.

  6. Joe says:

    I just heard about your site from watching the Highland woodworker. I have to say, this bed seems like the biggest piece of crap I’ve ever seen. My 5 year old builds better projects when he’s hanging out with me in the workshop. You should rename your site ‘Woodworking for those who want to watch a total idiot who knows nothing about woodworking ramble on as if he does…’

    Oh we’ll, I guess if you can get people to sponsor this nonsense, more power to you!

    • Matt says:

      Hey Joe thanks for watching, sounds like you have a talented kid there. That’s awesome!

      Have you thought about getting their talents on film to share with the world?

    • Lee says:

      Wow. Not only is that uncalled for, it is inaccurate.

      Keep up the good work Matt!

    • Kristofer says:

      Wow, that escalated quickly! Maybe someone’s been drinking milk on a hot day which is always a bad choice. Matt this is a great bed, I’m actually looking to build a similar one and will definitely use some of the techniques you demonstrated in the video. Thanks for doing all this in such a public way and party on Wayne…I mean Matt.

  7. Steve says:

    Very nice looking bed, I would like to build one for my daughter, is it possible for you to post the sketchup drawing on your site?

    • Matt says:

      The plan is not available yet, but it is something I am working on currently. There are still several aspects of it that need to be refined and drawn up.

  8. Marsha says:

    Hello-I built a platform bed using 2×8’s and 2 sheets MDF for the top (LARGE BED). I don’t have a headboard and was thinking I could this type of one. The platform part is made with 2×4’s with the mdf on top. There’s a deep recess under the top. (Toe kick?) Do you think I could attach the headboard like you did? I liked the way you made the jig too. Tks!

    • Matt says:

      Since I attached the headboard supports directly to the frame versus the platform, I imagine you should be able to do something very similar without a problem.

      Some minor modifications, but nothing major.

      Thanks for watching!

  9. Alex says:

    Did you ever finish the bed. I would really like to see the grain pop with this awesome maple. Great project by the way!

    • Matt says:

      I did, and I still have yet to take close up pics since I can no longer find it in my son’s messy room LOL! But seriously, I have something coming up in the near future where they’ll resurface.

  10. Gary Reese says:

    Great job on the bed especially to joinery. Your projects are very practical as is your approach to constructing them. After watching I think “I might could do that the way Matt does it”. Keep up the great work. I also liked the headboard jig. I can do that.
    I noticed your newer episodes use a newer Steel City bandsaw. You obviously like the brand and would appreciate knowing why. Thanks for the advice.

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