Today at the Tinker's Workshop I got a few more pieces for the platform bed assembled. These assemblies will be used in the platform itself. The outer board on the platform is made from 3/4 x 6 inch oak and the inner board is part of the platform frame made up of pine 2 x 4's.
The two longer rails will be on the sides of the bed and the shorter rail will be at the foot of the bed. This will wrap the mattress nicely and prevent the mattress from shifting on the platform once it is in place.
The assembly is screwed together using #10 two inch wood screws that are counter sunk. Each screw will then be covered up using oak wood buttons that will be glued into place.
The 2 x 4 that extends past the end of each of the longer rails is set up so that the headboard riser (completed in the last post) will straddle and rest on the platform cleanly without interfering with the oak lip on both sides. The platform will be assembled completely once the oak rails are stained and varnished with at least four coats of semi-gloss polyurethane varnish to match the headboard and headboard riser. The platform frame without the plywood will be light enough for two people to pick up and move should the occasion call for it.
Next on the build list will be the platform base assembly. This assembly is designed so that it can be disassembled time and again should it need to be moved as it is a much heavier than the platform. Hopefully I will have the entire bed together in the next coming week. The hardest assembly to put together was the headboard riser so the rest should be a snap to finish. Stay tuned for further progress posts and photos.