Arts and Crafts Bed Plans
An FWW contributing editor shows you how to cut a large project down to size. His router templates will help you create smooth curves and tight joinery. Read step-by-step instructions and buy a plan and cutlist.
Synopsis: Building a bed requires working in a larger scale than most woodworkers are accustomed to. With detailed project plans and useful instruction, Gary Rogowski breaks down this bed project into several parts, making planning and assembly more manageable. Build from the outside in, he says: posts and long rails first, then vertical pieces and finally the center rails. This approach allows you to dry-fit the piece to get true dimensions for the internal members. He also shows how to build a router jig to cut the floating-tenon joinery.
Your mother was right. You do have to lie in the bed you made. I think you’ll find this more a blessing than a curse when you make this Arts and Crafts bed. The key is to be mindful that you’re building on a larger scale than is probably normal for you. Constructing a bed requires a different approach than a…
Get the Full-Size Plan
CAD-drawn plans and a cutlist for this project are available in the Fine Woodworking store.