Just one picture this time as an appetizer. After finishing the pull-out shelf under the bed, I’ve been quite busy working on the rear doors. I already removed the fabric covered panels and decided to replace them with built-in cabinetry. There is only 3″-4″ depth available, but every little bit of storage counts in a… Continue reading Progress update
In my previous postings (Pull-out bed shelf and Pull-out shelf (2)) I built the shelf in my workshop; now I head out to the van, to make some final measurements, adjust it and finish the last details. Two issues remain: the front of the shelf needs to be shortened and finished with cherry and secondly… Continue reading Pull-out shelf (final)
In my previous post I glued the panel. Now I’ll continue with the cherry frame. The frame I start with a 2″ thick board that I cut down to the approximate size of the wood that is needed for the two side pieces. The lumber is set aside for a minimum of 24 hours. This… Continue reading Pull-out shelf (2)
I have to catch up a bit on things that I skipped, to be able to finish the bed for my recent Christmas trip. The full extension shelf, hidden under the bed, was partially finished, waiting for a 4″ wood extension to make it flush to the bed side panel. Looking at it again, I… Continue reading Pull-out bed shelf
Just in time for Christmas. Tomorrow I’ll add a 6″ all foam mattress and I’ll be trying it out for the next week. The screw holes are covered with cherry plugs then sawed flush. Finally a lot of sanding.
I first rounded the corners of the frame and then attached the cherry corners to it with glue and screws below the wood’s surface. Each compartment access panel has a ¾” finger hole. The cherry sides are about 4″ high, more than enough for the mattress to fit in.… Continue reading The bed (6)
The top of the bed is ½” thick plywood, to be subdivided to fit the compartments be low. The two outside corner posts are made of cherry, to reflect the cherry plywood that will be attached to the outside of the bed frame. Looking good !
The bed is showing it’s final form. The 3″ overhang extends it’s sleeping surface, while minimizing it’s footprint. The extension tray (above the toilet, but still under the bed) is planned to be used as a dinner or night tray. The sliders are 16″ – 100 lbs, full extension, with an… Continue reading The bed (4)
I am in a bit of a hurry, because I wanted to test the bed out on a trip to South Florida during the holidays. There is a lot of work, but fortunately much of the bed frame was pre-assembled of the last few weeks in my workshop. First I set up a few parts… Continue reading The bed (2)
Crucial in this conversion, I think, is having access to some woodworking equipment. A few years ago, I got into woodworking with a basic setup that included a jointer and planer. You need these to size the wood to the correct size. The main component of the bed is a 1¼”x1¼” wood frame. As a… Continue reading The bed (1)