Pretty in Pink {PB Knock Off bed} Day 2

I have learned two things about myself since I have taken up woodworking:

1) I procrastinate if I am not sure about how to proceed during a project.  Using the router and doing a routered-edge face frame has caused some procrastination during this build.  I find other things that MUST be done instead.  Like vacuuming refrigerator coils.

2) I am more comfortable building in a 30 degree garage than an 80 degree garage.  This is huge!  I am normally freezing (even inside) from November until May every year.  I was surprised this winter when I was able to work out there and not freeze–as long as I had my hearing protection on.  Even when I wasn’t using power tools, I was wearing my attractive, green hearing protection.  Guess what?  It makes my head want to implode in 80 degree weather.

But the procrastination due to the router and face frame is over!  Here are some progress pictures:

Bed frame carcass completed

Decisions, decisions...I wanted to use an Ogee bit, but the one I bought chipped during my second practice piece. So I ended up using a roundover bit with a 3/8" bearing--which makes that bit just like a beading bit. I'll have to get a close up of the profile next post.

The router was making me nervous without some push sticks to keep my fingers away from the blade. I made these to help. They worked great and I felt tons safer.

Here's the face frame on the end unit.

And here’s why this took a lot of time and thought for a novice like me:

In order to get the best fit (can't say perfect here--definitely not perfect), I had to measure, cut, and dry fit for every cut. This is the middle rail (stile? I can never remember). The end one required thought also--you can see that in the previous pic.

I have no idea if this is the correct way to do this, but it is the one that worked for me.  I researched this on the net, but it turns out that having a routered-profile face frame complicates things.  Kreg has come up with a solution for beaded face frames, but it carries a $500 price tag.  Yowza.  Obviously my solution will only work if you plan to paint your piece.

Here's where I'm at right now. Face frames are on and I'm moving on to the drawers next.

This took some time also–I wanted to make the side and end units more seamlessly connected, so I overlapped like so:

I want these to remain two separate units, so these just overlap and are not connected.  The idea is that if I want to expand this to a full/queen someday, I can take the end unit off and build a longer one to satisfy the new dimensions and keep the side units.  I plan to screw the two together through the back into the sides though.  And it will need caulk to make it really seamless!

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I'm a DIY girl with a blog. Trying to complete one project before I jump into the next one!

10 responses to “Pretty in Pink {PB Knock Off bed} Day 2”

  1. Tammy says :

    I’ve only worked on small wood working projects. I’m intimidated by the larger ones because I also think I’ll need an set of extra hands to help hold things. Do you build alone?


    • Pink Toes and Power Tools says :

      For the most part I do build alone. I need help with 4×8 sheets of plywood until I get them on the 2x4s I use to cut them with the circular saw and at the point when the project needs to be in the room it is built for–but both of those things you would expect to need more than one person ;) Clamps are a wonderful, wonderful woodworking tool and you can never have enough. Unfortunately when starting out, it is hard to get the amount you need! I’m slowly building my collection and they are so helpful as extra “hands”.


  2. Lauren says :

    This bed looks amazing! I don’t think I would have had the patience you did! I think to fit your routered edges together you can use a coping saw. They are typically used on crown molding or chair rails. The coping saw can cut along the line of the edge to take out some of the wood that would keep you from butting up to the other routered edge. It takes some practice though. There is a good tutorial if you youtube how to use a coping saw.


    • Pink Toes and Power Tools says :

      Thanks Lauren! And thank you for the link to the coping video, I am definitely going to check that out. I attempted coping with some baseboard molding a couple of times and I could use some instruction for sure. What I would really like to be able to do is cope with my miter saw (it was in an article in Family Handyman once). Perhaps one day… :)


  3. Charles Cho says :

    technique for that stile in the middle of the rail:


  4. chlog says :

    technique for the stile in the middle of the rail:


  5. Tracy Enders Smith says :

    I just had to go back and see your build process on this beautiful bed! And, I have to laugh a little because I do the exact same thing. I decide I want to build something, research it to death, get a reasonable facsimile of what I want to build and then “tweak” it to make it work for me.

    I also procrastinate majorly when I’m up against something that I either have never done before or am unsure of. It can be quite comical for me at times because I realize that when I just jump in and try a few things out, I can accomplish what I wanted to do in the first place and it wasn’t that bad at all.

    Keep up the great work, this bed turned out gorgeous!!!!! <3


    • Pink Toes and Power Tools says :

      You are so right–when I make myself just jump in, it is never as bad as I imagined!!! Thanks for the nice comment. I am so ready to get started on my next project, but I’m kind of stuck in the design part of it. I might just skip that one and go on to the next, but my problem is that the Hubs wants it done next!


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