Building a Sleigh Bed
Sensuous curves and well-chosen details enhance a simple design
Synopsis: Christian Becksvoort didn’t have time to build a sleigh bed he liked, so he figured out how to capture the essence and build it efficiently – in less than 100 hours. The bed is a very simple construction. The headboard and footboard assemblies are joined to a pair of thick rails with knockdown fasteners. These assemblies are each made up of two posts into which are tenoned a turned crest rail and a flat lower rail. A single large panel floats in grooves in both posts and in the crest and lower rails. A template speeds fabrication of the posts, and he explains how he laid out and cut the mortises and sized the side rails. A detailed project plan and lots of photos illustrate his construction, and a side explanation addresses how to turn rosettes.
I’ve been building furniture full-time for 21 years and have made more than 1,000…