This is one of our favorite beginner woodworking projects since it is easy to build even though it is quite a large and good looking piece of furniture. A lot of times beginner woodworking projects can be sort of gimmicky, or just simple but not useful.
We’ve even had friends ask us if they could pay us to build one for them! So, you could be in business if you make one of these 😉
If you’re looking for a first project and have limited tools, this is perfect! It’s useful, really great looking, and you can build it in less than 2 hours for around $75.
If all you have is a hammer, a hand saw, a paint brush, and a couple of nails – you’re in business! For fastening the headboard to the bed rails, a drill is required.
Considering the boards used come in standard sizes at most wood shops or hardware stores, there isn’t a lot of cutting to done. So, if you have a miter saw, you can use it on this project but it is definitely not required. A simple hand saw will do just fine for the 5 small cuts that need to be made
There will be a Sketchup download file available at the end of this post for you as well, if you’re interested!
In this project, we have listed the tools we used and a shop list of the things we bought below:
- 10 pcs 1"x6"x5'
- 1 pc 1"x6"x6'
- 5 pcs 2"x4"x8'
- 2.5" Deck Screws
- 2" Nails
- Tape Measure
- Speed Square
- Safety Glasses
- Hand Saw
- Nitrile Gloves
- Paint Brush
- Foam Roller and Tray
[OPTIONAL] You can glue each joint before nailing/screwing it together. We didn't bother, so it isn't strictly necessary.
Start by cutting all 5 of the 2x4s down to 72 inches.
Next is to build the 2 side posts by joining 2 of the 2x4s by screwing them together as seen below. 1 screw every 18" or so fine.
Note that it is good to pre-drill and countersink the screws to avoid splitting the wood. This isn’t always necessary when using soft wood such as the pine as we used in this project but if you use other types of hardwood and want to play it safe, then using a countersink and pre-drilling is the best option in avoiding cracking, chipping or splitting the wood.
When you're done, You can lay the extra of the 2x4 in the middle as it will provide hold and support for the boards later on as you start to nail or screw them piece by piece. It should look something like this:
The next step would be to start adding the 10 pieces of 1x6.
Put the first one on and just line it up at the edge of the side posts made in step 2:
Step 4 would be adding the next 1x6 about 1/8" away from the edge of the first one; and the repeating for the rest of the 1x6s.
2-inch nails on each as shown by the arrows below, and an inch in from the end of the board to avoid cracking or splitting the board should do nicely.
And then just proceed to do all 10 of the boards until you’re left with the space on the lower end as seen in the image below:
The space you see in the bottom will provide the room for your bed frame which you can choose to be bolted through the 2x4x72inches board.
You will also need to position the center upright and nail the boards to it.
Once you have placed all 10 boards down to both side uprights and the center one, the only step that remains is to place the 1 piece, 1x6x72inches board on the top.
The easiest way to do that is to find the center of the board and line it up with the center of the center upright:
Lastly, you want to measure both sides to see if it’s even on both sides. There should be about 4 1/2" on both ends or at least, equal in measurement on both ends as seen in the picture below:
At this point, we’re done building our frame and all we need to do is stain it or paint it!
Here’s a picture of the actual product and where it sits in our home: