- I used beech not pine.
- Already had a mattress so I had the actual dimension instead of going off the internet.
- The sides are the same rather than having one a complete slab.
- Added more mattress supports.
- It is finished in shellac instead of polyurethane.
- Tried a new profile for the drawers.
- Reduced the height of the drawer box .
- Used handles not knobs for pulls
Mattress supports are more important than I originally thought. I put about eight slats on the last bed. The problem is that they have a tendency to move so occasionally I will sit where there is no slats and sink further than I would like.
The profile change was because I wanted to try putting a bead inside the slab. It was alright. I burned in the corners. The setup was not as bad as I thought it would be. I clamped some scrap boards and used a bushing and a router bit to rout the inside profile. It made it a little nicer.
The first set of drawer boxes we about a 1/4" from the top of the frame. It makes it a deeper drawer box which is better right? Wrong! We tend to pack drawers full of clothes and clothes are not very consistent. If the stuff in the drawer was above the drawer box by more than a 1/4" the drawer would not shut. So by lowering the drawer I have psychologically proven to myself that the drawer will not get stuck as much. The other thing it did was create a perfect yield on a 5x5 foot birch plywood sheet. I think I wasted a half a square foot total.
Why handles, because kids cannot unscrew them!!!
I still had my issues. For some reason I could not drill my glide supports straight. Then there was the small mistakes and underestimating the lumber that I needed. Overall the bed came out well. The beech will make it last longer and does not scuff as easy. I am glad I had a respirator. The fumes on shellac are strong even with an open garage.
Here are the things I love about the bed; I can fully disassemble and reassemble for moving and everything should be interchangeable but that is still to be discovered. It is a solid bed and can be jumped on and abused. The style will last and looks a whole lot better then the metal frame and it will not be out grown as my kids grow up. It has full extension glides with deep drawers (drawers only pull out 3/4 extension). My kids have jumped in the drawers and they work fine and hold up.