• 1×8×96 poplar, 7 boards
• 1×4×96 poplar, 9 boards
• ¾×49×97 Trupan Ultralight or MDF, 8 sheets
• 48×96 maple veneer, 3 sheets
• #8 × 2-inch flathead wood screws
• ¼×2½-inch hex bolts, 9
• ¼-inch hex nuts, 9
• ¼-inch washers, 18
• #10 × 3-inch flathead wood screws, 4
• Yellow wood glue
• Permanent spray adhesive, 2 cans
• Wood putty
• Miter saw or circular saw with finetooth blade and straightedge
• Drill bit set, countersink, screw-driving bits
• Random-orbit sander with 120-grit and 180-grit sandpaper
• Router with flush-cut bit
• Electronic stud finder
• Tape measure
• Carpenter square
• Wrench set
• Putty knife
• 1 quart wood stain (We used Minwax Classic Gray.)
• 1 quart polyurethane (We used Minwax in satin finish.)
Step 1 From 1×8 poplar boards, cut two pedestal ends (A) and five pedestal sides/ supports (B) to lengths shown in the cutting list, below. Mark the support locations on the pedestal ends and drill countersunk 1/8-inch pilot holes. On a flat work surface, stand one end and one side on edge. Apply glue and drive #8 × 2-inch wood screws to connect the parts. Continue adding supports to the end until all five are in position. Screw the opposite end in place and check that the assembly is square.
Step 2 Measure the dimensions of the pedestal and cut an MDF or Trupan Ultralight panel to size for the pedestal top (C). Mark the screw locations on the top of the panel and drill 1/8-inch countersunk pilot holes. Add glue to the top side and support edges and drive #8 × 2-inch screws to fasten the top in place.
Step 3 Fill the countersinks with wood putty. After it dries, sand the sides and ends smooth with 120-grit and then 180-grit sandpaper.
Step 1 Cut the platform inside ends (D) and platform inside supports (E) to length for both halves and rip the boards to 21/2 inches wide. Clamp or tape two inside supports together with the ends flush, and drill 5/16-inch holes through both boards for the bolts that will connect the halves. Mark the boards so you can identify the top edge and one end to orient the board later.
Step 2 Mark the inside support screw locations on the inside ends and drill 1/8-inch countersunk pilot holes. As you did with the pedestal, place the end of an inside support against the face of an inside end, add glue, and screw together. Repeat for the remaining inside supports, add the opposite end, and check that the assembly is square. Repeat to make a mirror version for the other platform half and check that the bolt holes align.
Step 3 Cut the platform sides (F) and platform ends (G) to length and rip each part to 31/4 inches wide. Screw a side to the inside support for each half of the platform. Then screw two ends to each platform.
Step 4 Cut the platform top (H) to fit the framework. Mark the screw locations and drill countersunk pilot holes through the top. Glue and screw the top to the framework.
Step 5 Turn the assembly over and cut the platform bottom (I) to fit between the platform sides and ends. Mark the screw locations to attach the bottom to the inside ends and supports; then drill 1/8-inch countersunk pilot holes.
Step 1 Cut the headboard supports (J), headboard ends (K), and headboard top and bottom (L) to length. Rip the supports to 21/2 inches wide. Rip the ends, top, and bottom to 31/4 inches wide. On a flat surface, glue and screw from what will be the inside of the
framework to fasten a support to an edge and repeat for the opposite headboard edge. Glue and screw the supports and support/ends to the headboard top. Then attach the headboard bottom and check that the assembly is square.
Step 2 Cut the headboard front (N) to fit the framework. Mark the mounting screw locations and drill countersunk pilot holes. Glue and screw the front to the supports, ends, and top and bottom. Then fill any gaps with putty, let dry, and sand the framework faces flush with the headboard front.
Step 3 Cut the headboard mounting cleats (M) to length and rip one edge of each board with a 45-degree bevel. Screw one of the cleats to the recessed edges of the supports at the top back of the headboard with the bevel facing down and the narrow face of the board against the supports. Set the other board aside until you’re ready to install the headboard.
NOTE: You can use the recess at the bottom of the headboard to accommodate the baseboard in a bedroom. Use a circular saw to cut away the headboard ends and headboard bottom as needed to fit the wall molding.
Step 1 Sand the wood/veneered surfaces lightly with 180-grit sandpaper and wipe clean. Apply the stain of your choice to all of the wood/veneer and let dry overnight. Then apply three coats of clear finish, sanding lightly between coats.
Step 2 To hang the headboard, begin by measuring from the bottom of the headboard to the bottom beveled edge of the mounting cleat (M). At the center of where the headboard will go, measure that distance up from the floor along the wall and place a pencil mark. Using a level and straightedge, make a horizontal pencil line 741/2 inches long with the height mark at its center.
Step 3 Use a stud finder to locate the wall studs along the line and mark. Place the loose headboard mounting cleat (M) against the wall with the bevel facing up and the narrow face against the wall. Mark the stud locations on the cleat and drill centered 3/16-inch pilot holes through the cleat. Place the cleat against the wall with the narrow-face bevel edge against the pencil line and screw it in position. Then drop the headboard over the cleat so the two bevels connect with each other, holding the headboard firmly against the wall.
Step 4 Center the pedestal against the headboard.
Step 5 Working on a flat surface, lay the two platform halves upside down with the inside edges touching and bolt holes aligned. Place a ¼-inch washer on a ¼ ×2 ½-inch hex bolt and thread it through a pair of holes in the platform inside supports
(E). Add a second washer and hex nut. Hand-tighten the bolt and repeat for the remaining bolts. Check that the edges are even and the platform tops (H) are flush, then use a wrench to tighten each bolt.
Step 6 Place the platform bottoms (I) in position and screw them in place. Turn the assembled platform right side up and center it on the pedestal with one end against the headboard. Add a mattress and linens, and you’re ready for a good night’s sleep.