Mark T. from Florida sent this in
Here is what I did with your plans. I used 3/4" birch plywood glued together as you suggested. It gave a more uniform appearance and took the stain very well.
My original design didn't include a headboard but due to a math error (I'm lost if I can't use my fingers) I made a cutting mistake. Instead of throwing the pieces away, something I was on my way
to do when I had a revelation, voila... a padded headboard that matches the rails, a project that ate a good chunk of last weekend.
Custom molding around the base added what I think is an elegant touch. My only other idea is perhaps I'm going to add under-lighting in the form of rope lights around the pedestal and out of sight.
Thank you again for posting the plans and providing me with a couple of weeks of great fun out in my garage. By the way, materials, supplies, mattress,heater, liner, etc. came to approximately $950, far less than what I would have spent on a new inner spring mattress which I desperately needed.
Riser and Supports
Clamping two 3/4" hardwood plywood pieces
Notice dado was done by using different widths
Rails after Staining
Headboard is padded with foam and cloth and stapled on back
Riser is painted black
Mark's Finished Masterpiece w/5pc Rail Caps and Comforter