Set your hopes up way too high, the living is in the way we try

Making a bed! Because sleeping on straw is so 13th century.

My partner and I team up and build a bed. I have the easy job of design & construction. She was burdened with the more difficult task of sleeping on it when completed.

Day 1

Professional-grade construction plans! Partner has faith in my design abilities.

Masterful skills at putting a lot of wood into a small trunk.

That's $400 worth of African Mahogany right there. And $7 of poplar.

Day 2

A piece of the base being drawn into the maw of the planer. My poor wood-allergic partner is holding up the end as it leaves.

The poplar, half-planed, shows an intriguing pattern. Is it a hidden message from a higher power?

Safely ripping long pieces is difficult. In hindsight we should have chopped them first...

... but even chopping them after, teamwork prevails and our base pieces are all cut.

Day 3

The cantilevers are standard 2x6s.

Somehow the 2x6s were so wet that they stuck in the milling machines and the sawdust jammed the dust vents.

We will hang the planks on the wall for a week to dry them out. Moisture cannot survive long in L.A.!

Day 4

Cantilevers are now dry enough to mill. Where did this wet wood come from anyways?

Time to do battle with the skirt lumber! First we chop, then we rip.

Cleverly using scrap to cut extra-accurate notches in the base!

Poor partner panics when mis-stacking the wood and thinks the notches were measured wrong.

Day 5

Rip the cantilevers to width.

A lot of area to sand. Next time, a bigger machine! Started with 150 grit and finished with 220 grit.

Diligent partner carefully chiseling the notches smooth. Clamped together, ensures everything lines up.

Day 6

The skirt has burns from the table saw. This puny sander smooths and cleans it all.

These scraps from the base are glued on so we can add bolt anchors.

Cantilevers are notched on the table saw to fit snugly.

Day 7

The base has been stained, and we gather tools to attach the hardware.

These brackets allow the base to be taken apart and reattached very simply. Great for lazy people who move a lot.

Day 8

Cantilevers fit into the notches exactly as planned.

Drilling holes for the bolts & anchors. The blue tape tells us how deep to go.

Instructions lied! Our anchor holes were too large. We glue in dowels to repair them and re-drill smaller.

Cantilevers: secure.

Day 9

Skirt pieces- nicely stained by the diligent partner!

Brackets hold up the skirt, and in the corners keep it together.

Day 10

T-nuts go underneath the cantilevers. These keep the skirt from flapping in the wind.

With the skirt bolted in, it's safe for the partner to operate underneath.

Drilling bolt holes to attach the decorative-and-practical headboard.

The same bolt-and-anchor system used to keep the cantilevers in their place

With plywood added, the bed is now capable of holding a mattress. Also suitable as a very fancy sandbox.

Day 11

The headboards are cut and finished. We attach the supports to the frame to ensure accurate fit.

The headboard can now be removed as a single piece.


Indeed, a creation suitable for elevating unconscious bodies.