Sizing Furniture: Beds


I’m often amazed at the extreme differences in the cost of beds, especially when going from a queen to a king. That’s why I think that making your own bed can be extremely rewarding.

The number one factor in making your own bed is sizing the project to allow for your mattress. Listed below are standard mattress sizes:

Twin: 39″ x 75″

College Dorm Twin (Twin Extra-Long): 39″ x 80″

Double: 54″ x 75″

Queen: 60″ x 80″

King: 76″ x 80″

California King: 72″ x 84″

Use these dimensions when planning the interior space of the bed frame. I like to add 2 inches to each dimension, which will give 1 inch around all sides, to allow for bedding. Notice this example for a twin mattress below.

For platform beds, I like to allow a bit more space than that.

Height can vary dramatically and is up to your preference. I’ve designed platform beds as low as 10 inches. I like to aim for a height that will allow the mattress to rest at 16 to 26 inches above the floor.

Here’s a platform bed project I created for DIY Network – Modern-Style Platform Bed. Notice that it has a center support leg underneath.

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Published in: on May 31, 2012 at 10:22 am  Comments (8)  

Plan of the Week: Cabin Side Table


The Chief’s Shop Cabin Side Table is a companion piece for my Cabin Chair. Use it as an accent table, next to a seat, or bedside. Tools needed include a miter saw/circular saw, jig saw, drill/driver, and a Kreg Pocket Hole Jig.

Click the image below to download the plan.

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Sketch of the Day: Outdoor Conversation Bench


I started off just trying to design a piece of outdoor structural art, but I decided to add the benches. The outdoor conversation bench would work well in a courtyard where entertaining was key. The central vertical pieces create some definition between the benches, yet folks could turn around and chat with others seated behind them.

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Sketch of the Day: Folding Trellis


This folding trellis would be adaptable to terrain, portable, and could be easily stored during the winter months. One side fits within the other, and a galvanized carriage bolt at both top corners would serve as the hinge points.

 

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Sketch of the Day: Rustic Buffet


This would be a simple build. This rustic buffet uses some of the same construction as appears in some of my other rustic project plans.

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Sketch of the Day: A-Frame Bench


It has a couple tricky angles, but beyond that, this A-Frame Bench would be relatively easy to build.

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Scrap Wood Project: Paw Print


Another dog-related pattern. This paw print is a partner template for the dog bone from last week. Click on the image below for patterns in four sizes. Use up that scrap wood!

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Chief’s Shop Quick Look: Kreg Jig HD


Kreg is launching an update to its pocket hole jig in the form of a beefier system for 1 1/2-inch and larger stock.

The Kreg Jig HD is a completely new pocket hole system that bores a larger hole and uses larger screws that Kreg says results in a joint that is 50 percent stronger than previous pocket hole joinery.

Out of the box it’s easy to see the difference. The drill bit is much larger in diameter (25 percent bigger).

And of course, the hole diameter drilled is significantly bigger.

Which accommodate the larger HD screws.

It comes with a quick-start guide describing assembly. The stop block itself requires no hardware – it simply slides in place (with a bit of encouragement).

There are two methods shone for setting the stop collar on the bit. One simply indicates spacing the collar 4 3/4″ from the bit shoulder, the other recommends inserting the bit fully into the jig and placing a nickel (1/16″ space) between the end of the bit and the stop block. I found the nickel spacer to cause the bit to drill too deep.

I also checked the bit against my other Kreg Jig for depth for 1 1/2-inch stock and found the 4 3/4″ recommendation to match.

Driving the larger screws worked fine. I did torque up a bit more than I would for the regular 2 1/2-inch screws, but not by a drastic amount. They’re self-tapping screws, so no surprise there. They do require a #3 square drive bit, which is included).

Kreg sees this new jig (and screws) being used for larger dimension outdoor projects, specifically calling out rail to post connections (2×4 to 4×4), drilling the holes on either the 2x or 4x material. They also recommend it for outdoor furniture and workbenches.

One caveat: Included in the packaging is a yellow slip of paper recommending you check with local building codes before using the jig to building load bearing structures (interior walls, deck railings, etc.).

I plan to design and build some large outdoor projects using the new HD – in fact I’ve a few in the hopper that could probably benefit from these stronger screws. At the least, I think I’d be able to use fewer screws on certain joints.

Details:

Compatible with Kreg Jig and Kreg Jig Master System bases (stop block must be removed)

Price: Jig $59.99, 35 HD screws $4.49, 125 HD screws $19.99

http://www.kregtool.com/Kreg-Jig-HD-Prodview.html

http://www.kregtool.com/HD-Pocke-tHole-Screws-Prodview.html

Jig package includes: jig and stop block, drill bit and stop collar, #3 square drive bit, 10 screws

Availability: Summer 2012

Published in: on May 26, 2012 at 12:33 pm  Comments (7)  

Sketch of the Day: Patio Chair


I picked up some of the design from the grill side table and patio buffet table to create this patio chair. Add a nice cushion for the back, and you could probably lounge in this chair all day.

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Plan of the Week: Cabin Chair


The Chief’s Shop Cabin Chair is a simple, yet very sturdy piece. Use it as an accent chair for a rustic touch, or make several and use them in a sunroom or even as part of a dining set. Tools needed include a miter saw/circular saw, jig saw, drill/driver, and a Kreg Pocket Hole Jig.

Click the image below to download the plan.

Be sure to e-mail me with any questions and let me know what you think – chief@chiefs-shop.com.

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