JR’s Bed

About This Project

My son, JR, is currently in a crib and last December my son Max was born. Max is going to be needing to move from his bassinet to a crib soon and I really didn’t want to build another crib so I built this bed for JR. The head and foot board are made from a pair of bookmatched walnut slabs; the posts are silver maple; and the mattress supports are ash.

The walnut panels are joined at a 5 degree angle and the walnut is angled back from the posts another 5 degrees. I used a pair of sequential crotch slabs for the rails. I decided to leave the bottom edge of the rails with a live edge and leave the curve of the crotch along the bottom so where it meets the posts, it almost looks like the rail is braced. On the live edges, I left the inner bark which makes for a much more interesting edge. I spent a lot of time debating with myself on the height of the posts. I’m really happy with the height I went with. I think it makes the posts take a needed backseat to the walnut. I also like how there is a play on asymmetry and symmetry within the panels. The bookmatch suggest symmetry but only having the live edge on the top makes it asymmetrical.