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All you need now is a platform to support the mattress. And for this job, I cut two 3/4m plywood panels.

To get a good fit, you'll want to assemble the bed frame before cutting the panels to size. Then two corners of each panel are notched to fit around the legs (detail 'a').

Finally, to make certain there wasn't any sag across the center seam, I fastened a brace between the panels (detail 'b'). The easy way to do this is to set one panel in the frame and then screw the brace to it. Then the second panel is dropped in place and screwed to the brace.

Now, I took it all apart to complete the finish. And after a quick reassembly, it's ready for use. ES

NOTE: Platform panels and brace are cut from 3M" plywood |

NOTE: Cut notches I with jig saw

NOTE: Platform panels and brace are cut from 3M" plywood |

NOTE: Cut notches I with jig saw

NOTE: Platform panels are screwed to cleats

NOTE: Screw through platform panel into brace

NOTE: Platform panels are screwed to cleats

NOTE: Screw through platform panel into brace

A Different Size

Building a wider frame is aboutthe only change you'll need to make for a king-size version. But I do want to mention a couple minor things.

First, when you build the headboard, you'll have more space to fill with the plywood panels. The best way to do this is to leave the two side panels the same size and make the center panel wider.

And then at the tail end of the project, you'll want to add extra support under the platform. All this takes is a centered leg screwed to the platform brace.

A couple final notes. You'll find dimensions for a full-size bed on our website. And check your mattress size before you start work.

NOTE: Size of headboard side panels is identical to queen-size frame

Center Panel measures 433/i" x 13%"

Side panel

Center panel

Side panel

NOTE: Attach center leg to platform brace for added support

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ONLINE EXTRAS

To find a materials list and cutting diagram for a king-size or a full-size bed, go to: www.Woodsmith.com

NOTE: Height and length of bedframe do not change

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SHOP NOTEBOOK

A This dado dean-out bit is the perfect length for routing the shallow mortises for the bed rail fasteners. See page 49 for sources.

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