Every now and then a really special project presents itself – one that helps move the woodworker in a new direction, is challenging and most importantly turns out well.
Such was the case with the queen size bed I built. I called the project “The Tornado Bed” because it was donated to the tornado relief effort resulting from the terrible tornado out-break that occurred in 2011.
Even though I have been woodworking for three decades, I had never attempted a bed before. I don’t know why; as designed, this bed wasn’t extremely challenging. There certainly is a need in my home for a bed of this type. I could use two actually.
Now I have the pleasure of adding a successful bed project to the list of things I have constructed, and early in 2012 another “first” took place. It became my first donated project – given to a family who had their home destroyed by high winds on the morning of April 27, 2011.
For now, I have a recap of the design and construction process, along with a little background about the tornado event itself since that day was so central to this project. It is laid out in a magazine format titled Making a Queen Size Bed Step-by-Step. Here are a few images showing some of the content:
For this plan, I make extensive use of illustrations. The plan features…
- 17 pages, recently updated with additional views
- More than 25 high-resolution illustrations.
- A full cut list and several exploded views.
- Links to detailed web-based information.
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Woodworkers who have built beds using this plan…
- “A Project That Will Be Treasured Forever” – a very special blog post about the queen size bed plan: click here.
- “Terry B. Builds the Queen Size Bed” – click here.
- A trundle-bed version of my queen size bed design: click here.
One last thing: You can see the full construction process along with a post about delivery of the bed to the recipients of the relief efforts by clicking here.