Making a Frame-and-Panel Bed
Subtle details enhance a basic bedstead
Synopsis: On John McAlevey’s frame-and-panel bed, a convex curve on both the headboard and footboard provides a linear contrast. Chamfered posts add interest. McAlevey explains how to mill and join the bed pieces and where to find the fasteners. He explains his chamfering technique and other finishing touches. The box spring and mattress are supported by ledger strips attached to the side rails with plate-joinery biscuits, screws, and glue.
Recently I was asked to design a headboard that could be attached to a standard, adjustable steel bed frame. These bed frames are practical and fairly attractive when fitted with a nice headboard, but to me, they just don’t compare with a wooden bedstead, complete with headboard and footboard As the clients and I conferred on possible designs, I urged them to go with an all-wood bedstead, and they eventually agreed and decided to use solid cherry.