Queen Storage Bed with Drawers!

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About This Project

This was our third major building project (I've built some frames and small shelves in my free time but our other two big projects were the bunk beds and the tryde coffee table).

This was our first time cutting plywood boards and it was a huge chore at first, until we got the hang of it and built a good circular saw guide that cut our cutting time by more than half.

We couldn't find the type of drawer slides we needed so we decided to forget them and built our own wood slides. They basically are just L-shaped brackets made of 1x3 (on the bottom) and 1x2 (on the top), adjusted to the right spot to hold the drawers in place. A little candle wax (a trick learned from my husband's grandfather) is all you need to make them slide nicely. All in all, we built drawer slides out of wood for the about $20 total. Huge savings and honestly I think I like it better that way.

Things I learned during this project:
Plywood is a lot heavier than I ever imagined.
Cutting plywood is not fun.
I will never complain again about cutting boards with the miter saw!
Stainable wood putty is a joke. You can clearly see every spot I puttied. From now on we buy the colored stuff that already matches the stain!
Building drawers isn't scary--I thought it would be. I actually built all the drawers by myself in one morning, when hubby wasn't even around to help.
90-degree gripper things are a must have. And the more you have, the better.
Elmer's wood glue is really stronger than nails. We glued something and didn't like it and were unable to break it off so we had to nail it as it was!

This project took us nearly a month, but to be fair, I was out of town for two weeks of that time and this is definitely a project for four hands, not two.

Overall, it was a great experience and I'm so excited for the extra storage--our house is small but we don't want to move so we are trying to make use of every inch of space, without the house LOOKING like we are making use of every inch of space.

Next up: new bedside tables to match the bed.

Red Oak Hardwood Plywood and Pine (for trim)
Required Skill Level: 
Estimated Time Investment: 
Week Long Project (20 Hours or More)
Finish Used: 
Varathane American Walnut: two coats. Applied with paint brush, allowed to soak and then excess wiped with old socks (loved the old sock trick, thanks, Ana). One coat of minwax semi-gloss poly.
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Can you explain how you did the drawer slides better?? We r gonna build this bed. Just finished the fancy farmhouse headboard today. I do not want any hardware just solid wood like i grew up with in my parents home. My mothers kitchen drawers still work great her dresser is in better condition then my current bed set. Mine is broken and it;s metal and plastic. HATE IT!! gonna fixe it and sell it to make up the difference in this new bedroom project

Is the best way to make drawers slide well, unless you want to spend for expensive Accuride or Blum guides. I actually just finished a great video on making drawers (How to Dovetail a Drawer by Frank Klauz), and he showed how to make good drawers that fit properly and would hold up for years.

This is the recap: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G-o4jryTkUc

You can buy it from Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Dovetail-Drawer-Frank-Klausz/dp/1561587044

I picked mine up from the local library, which you might want to check first. Although this seems like the kind of video I'll wind up owning, because I'll want to refer back to it pretty frequently.

BEAUTIFUL bed. You are tremendously talented. Do you possibly have a link to the plans (with the good pictures) for this bed? The ones on Ana Whites website are too small to read, and I found a link in the comments to click on for better pics, but they take me to "page not found". Could you please help me? Thank you so very much.......Chris