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#1 Affray

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 10:24 AM

I've been meaning to start a thread where I can show off some of the little projects I accomplish from time to time and now I'm finally getting it up here. I don't have a specific type of thing that I build, or even an amazing quality every time, but some of my stuff gets me excited enough to want to share. So prepare to me whelmed.

 

This first project I'm posting is the one that made me want to start sharing my projects because it turned out pretty good.

A while back my bed exploded, possibly because of sexy reasons, and it was time for an upgrade.

The old one was a queen size and wasn't really big enough to be comfy so we went out and got a pretty awesome king size mattress.

The frames for king mattresses were either insanely expensive of huge pieces of shit, so I decided to use my fancy pants cabinetmaking skills to make my own.

 

I don't have any progress pictures for this one, but the lumber I used was from the hardwood flooring factory I used to work at.

It's structurally sound but such shitty quality that they had to invent a new level of grading for it because it didn't fit even the lowest available grade for truck flooring. Which makes me even happier with my work because I took piss poor garbage truck flooring and turned it into something decent looking.

 

Here is a shot from the side with the mattress already thrown on top:

 

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Another showing more of the corner:

 

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And a third showing the whole thing put together with blankets and whatnot:

 

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The loose corner in the second picture is because I had to build it in four pieces so that I could disassemble it, fir it through my bedroom door, then reassemble in to the finished product. I fixed them corners by screwing metal corner brackets on the inside to keep it tight.

 

I didn't do anything spectacular to make it look good, pretty much just sanded it properly and stained it a nice rich brown.

The bare wood colour was gross and pale because it is made from not pretty oak, so stain was a must.

I used that inward angle to make it pretty and because it allowed me to use the bottom board (the one sitting on the floor) as a rest for the boards I laid side to side underneath the mattress for support. I jumped around as hard as I could on the mattress support boards to make sure they were solid, and if a 200lb man trying to break something can't break something it isn't going to break my accident.

 

Bonus: That fuzzy brown thing in the bottom left of the finished product picture is the sleeve of my Chewbacca housecoat, which is the comfiest shit I have ever owned.


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#2 Mister Sympa

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Posted 18 January 2017 - 10:33 AM

Okay, but we need a pic of you in that Chewbacca coat now.


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Posted 18 January 2017 - 11:07 AM

Okay, but we need a pic of you in that Chewbacca coat now.

I think I can do that now that I have shattered the glamour and you all know what I look like now.

It has a hood, so I end up looking more like a fuzzy Jawa, which I don't think is a bad thing.


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Posted 18 January 2017 - 01:08 PM

Yeah that's a fancy bed and all but can you do a barrel roll?


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Posted 18 January 2017 - 04:05 PM

Yeah that's a fancy bed and all but can you do a barrel roll?

Probably, never really tried.

In that bed? Almost definitely.


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 12:45 PM

Love it! My kids father is making me a book shelf for the living room. The bed seriously looks super awesome well done!
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Posted 19 January 2017 - 08:23 PM

Love it! My kids father is making me a book shelf for the living room. The bed seriously looks super awesome well done!

Thanks, I think it turned out pretty good too.

I actually made a pretty sweet mahogany bookshelf for my final project in school, maybe I will throw that on here too.


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Posted 19 January 2017 - 08:44 PM

Do it!
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Posted 20 January 2017 - 08:45 PM

That looks well done, good job. 


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Posted 21 March 2017 - 08:53 PM

I built a bed of my own, I have to finish the headboard, but unfortunately the solid oak I was using ran me well out of money before I got there. On the bright side I got the bed done in time for my wedding, which means we did NOT spend the first night on a mattress on the floor.

As you can probably see it's 3/4" Oak plywood on the sides and ends. We made the drawers out of 1/2" crap-grad ply and used pressure treated deckboards(cut down obviously) to make drawer guides. Since the deckboards are sorta slick from the treatment and I used UHMW tape on the drawer edges, it slides alright. I could have done better with more money but they work well.The trim hides the ply edges relatively well and the internal structure has a sort of frame made of 2x4s. Basically at each end and between the drawers there are 2x4s laid against the interior of the ply and screwed in, then crossmembers are run from side to side. A sheet of 3/4" structural ply was screwed to this. This thing doesn't budge when my 300lb ass rolls over so it's pretty well solid. Which is good because my memory foam mattress weighs a *shit ton*.

The intent for the headboard is to have some shelving and probably integrate some outlets(essentially wire powerboxes to plugs) so I can charge my phone and run my CPAP without basically blocking the two drawers on my side of the bed.

As can be seen, the bed occupies basically the whole room and it's pretty much impossible to conceive of a dresser fitting into the room. As such I came up with this "Captains Bed" design. Between the drawers and the closet space at the foot of the bed theres enough room for our clothes. If we weren't lazy we'd probably not leave clothes at the end of the bed either.


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Posted Yesterday, 08:13 AM

Pretty decent.

 

And who doesn't want their entire room to be bed?


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Posted Yesterday, 09:03 AM

I was pushing for a King size but the boss said no.


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Posted Yesterday, 09:35 AM

Pretty decent.

 

And who doesn't want their entire room to be bed?

One of my favorite Dan Avidan stories is when he got his current bed. Barry texted him when it got there that it was "COMICALLY LARGE".


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