149 Queen Size Folding Bed V2

Queen Size Folding Bed V2

Revised & Updated March 2019

The new style queen size bed in a box has eliminated several of the concerns some folks had with the original queen bed. It folds on the ends rather than the sides.

Folds along length

The joiner boards on the side rails have been removed and the number of dovetails on the bed slats, in the original plan, have been reduced to a total of four.

The original plan called for the bed to collapse across its width now it folds along the head to foot. Four of the strap hinges have been replaced with a single continuous (piano) hinge making this design easier and less expensive to build.

The two piece top (lid) and the removable locking handles store inside the bed when in use and then drop into place when the bed is being stored away in it box state.

Overall these design changes make the queen size bed in a box even more convenient to use and store and much simpler modify to a variety of sizes. If you would still prefer the original queen bed you can access that plan #111 HERE

Enjoy your time in the shop ….. Happy Woodworking

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150 Standard King Folding Bed

(Fits Mattress Size 76″ x 80″ or 193 x 202 cm)


Since the first Bed in a Box plan that was created back in 2013 with permission of the originator Robert MacPherson I have been asked for a standard king sized bed. However until now I couldn’t figure out how to have that size of bed fold-up and store all of the components inside so I could call it a Bed in a Box.

While working on some newer models like the twin, double and queen beds I have figured away to maintain a similar design and still have the bed collapse with all of the elements stored inside. As it happens it turned out all I had to do was make the bed fold in the opposite direction

The beds are meant to be built using pine in order to keep the cost and carrying weight lower. If you are not building the beds with transportation in mind you could use any material for example poplar if you are budget conscious or any other domestic or exotic hardwood.

Because the king beds are so wide I have added removable feet under the support beams in the middle of the bed. The other big advantage to the new design is that it uses less strap hinges for the conversion. In addition the number of dovetails that have to be cut has been decreased considerably without compromising strength.

For those that have been waiting for this size of bed, I hope you enjoy your new standard king sized bed.

Happy woodworking!

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142 Twin Folding Bed

TWIN Bed in a Box

To complete the line of Bed in a box designs and at the request of followers of the website I have finalized the Twin bed.

The twin bed is designed to hold a mattress which is 38” x 74 ½”. This size worked out perfectly it even has extra storage space when the unit is in the box configuration.

I increased the slat size to ¾” thick because of the extra width without a center support. I also cut down on the number of hinges because there are only two points that have to fold on itself.

The dovetailed slats add tremendous strength to the structure of the bed and can be made with standard size boards (1” x 4” nominal) without as much waste as compared to the wider slats in some of the other beds.

Hopefully with this last bed in the series everyone will find one that suits their needs.

If you would like to compare this bed with the others that are available you can do so with the following links. King, Queen, Double, Single, Compact. Whichever style you choose, enjoy the projects and the woodworking that it entails.

Happy Woodworking!

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132 Triangle Chair

Triangle ChairThe Triangle Chair

I’ve looked at several versions of this style of chair and finally decided to design one that I thought could be built without having to turn the rungs. The chair is assembled using square tenons on the end of hexagon rails. Each of the tenons that protrude through the legs are secured with wedges the front rail tenons meet the side tenons and both are locked in place with a mechanical fasteners and the covered with a dowel plug. The head rest is held with a wedged through tenon and the angled support braces are totally optional.

A little History… (The history is from the St Thomas Guild)

 The triangle stools (or schemel or driestal in Dutch) were very popular in medieval and later times, becoming out of fashion in the 18th century. They can be found in many medieval paintings and manuscripts, e.g. the “scupstool” of Rogier van der Weyden (around 1450) in the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art. However no real medieval examples exist in musea. John Howe has written an article in Dragon 4 of the Company of St. George on medieval seating furniture, containing many different images of triangular stools. Basically these stools appeared in two types: with and without a backrest. The turned triangular stools without a backrest were found in all kinds of sizes, and serving as seating as well as side tables. The seating could be a woven reed mat, a wooden slat or a piece of leather.

This will be a challenging build but the results will be amazing.

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117 Wheelbarrow

Wooden Wheelbarrow +

Bonus – Bandsaw Circle Jig Included

This wheelbarrow is a fun practical project that will offer a few challenges to build. In order to make the front wheel for the wheelbarrow you will need to cut nicely rounded circles.

To help you accomplish the perfect circles I have included a circle cutting jig for use with your bandsaw. No bandsaw –no problem cut out the circle with a jigsaw and fair a smooth circle. I used 2 pieces of ¾” plywood laminated together to make-up my wheel material, however any material that is 1 ½” thick will do the trick.

The cut-outs in the wheel look great but are totally optional and serve no purpose other than to make your conversation piece look cool. I just drilled holes and cut away the bulk of the material and then routed them smooth with the use of a MDF template and a flush trim bit. The side frames and the leg extensions of the project are 1 ½” thick for strength. I used spruce / fir to keep the costs down. If you want to make the Cadillac version you could use and 8/4 hardwood such as oak. I have provided a template which you can enlarge to a 1:1 to make it easier to match the curves. The actual shape of the curves is not crucial as long there is a flat area to secure the barrow portion to the side frames. The box of the wheelbarrow is assembled with a version of a lap joint.

The trickiest part is getting the correct angles when cutting your locking slats, but every project needs a test to keep you on your game. Overall the wheelbarrow is a simple yet useful project with a minimum number of components and a few challenges along the way.

bandsaw jig

Have Fun! Bruce
If you are interested in ONLY the circle jig (Plan #30) you may purchase it HERE

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112 Tambour Writing Desk

Tambour (Roll Top) Portable Desk

This old style portable tambour writing desk plan came about as a result of an article I read. I thought it would be a unique challenging build, so I studied the picture, got as many measurements as possible and came up with a plan. One of the originals sold for over $2500 at an auction because it was so unique. 

As not many people actually sit down and put pen to paper at a desk anymore I thought it would make a great conversation piece if nothing else and if you wanted to, you could rest your I-Pad or tablet on it to give you a steady work space. This portable desk is quite unique as you open the drawer the top rolls back and then flips down to create the desk. It will be a challenge you build but very worthwhile.

The original was built from mahogany with a secondary wood for the inside structure. Locating a lock set might be an issue however any small tumbler lock like you would find on an office desk would work quite well. I would suggest making a template to cut the curved dado on the side panel and use a guide bushing and a straight bit with a bearing to make the cut.

Happy woodworking,  have fun with the build!

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110 Strong Box: Security Concerns?

 Keep your Valuables Safe

A Strong Box with a Secret

A basic build project with security in mind! Now you might ask what’s to keep someone from just taking the whole box and all of its contents.

Easily solved by securing it to a larger furniture piece in your campsite. It could be held down with screws from the inside to a table or whatever, meaning the perpetrator would have to drag a large piece of furniture away from your campsite which might be a little obvious.

Built to resemble an old Viking chest with simple lap joints, the strong box looks authentic and is quite practical for people on the move.

Inside you will find a hidden compartment for those special items that you want to keep out of site even if the lid is in the open. Acquiring authentic hardware will likely be you biggest challenge when constructing the Strong Box. I have shown the box with extra lid supports. These will only be required if the hinges and locking latch you use are wider than the main lid support. Keep in mind whatever hinges and latch assemblies you use will have to be bent slightly to conform to the curved top. I wanted the top to have a slight curve in case it is exposed to the elements so it will shed water. Another plus to having a curved top is that people don’t use it as a table so it will always be void of clutter to give you easy access.

The Strong Box could easily be built in a weekend for a minimal cost, yet provide you with another great storage area for personal belongings while you are at a camping event or gathering.

Enjoy your antique security system.

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109 Collapsible Picnic Table

Picnic Table & Benches

This picnic table is not you typical backyard version. This model disassembles for easy storage and transportation.

The whole concept behind this table set was portability and cost. The components come apart easily and pack up into a small bundle for easy space saving transportation. All of the parts fit together like an easy puzzle. Yet you will have a great dining experience at your next encampment.

Collapses to less than one foot high

Everything in the table set is built using construction grade materials and designed with a medieval look (at least in my mind) 🙂

The legs and support structure is built using 2 x 4 material. The top of both the table and the benches is constructed using 5/4 decking boards. Even the leg braces on the benches is 5/4 decking. I did add breadboard ends firstly to dress up the appearance and secondly to keep the table top flat. There is sufficient room in the breadboard end to allow for any seasonal wood movement.

Should be a fun project and be a very useful at your outings.

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Put your PICNIC TABLE to use at your outing

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108 Folding Dining Table

The folding table is designed for people on the go. Very basic woodworking skills are required to create this handy project. There are only 14 unique pieces in the total build and they are pre-assembled during the construction process so whether you are arriving or leaving setup will just take a few minutes. My estimation would be about five minutes to setup or take down. Open your case, remove your leg assemblies, lock the top into place, insert the six legs and flip the table over. Done!

Exploded View

The tolerances on the individual parts are very tight and may need to be adjusted slightly in case the wood moves due to changes in humidity which is just a natural characteristic of any wood. You will have to be the judge on the amount of variance as it changes region to region.

A basic design for a folding table but should be great for transporting from one event to the next or for easy storage when you back at home. When the table is folded up it is self contained and even has a handle for carrying.

Have Fun … Happy Camping

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098 California King Size Folding Bed

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Standard King Size Bed Now AvailablePlan # 150

This Box-bed was created and designed by Robert MacPherson to fit a rather strange niche.

From the Fine Woodworking Article 

Medieval re-enactor MacPherson designed this knockdown bed to be used during his extended trips to Pennsic, an annual event that gathers more than 10,000 re-enactors and medieval enthusiasts for two weeks of life in the Middle Ages. It is typical for campers at the event to construct elaborate campsites, knockdown beds and furniture that are easy transport.

The majority of the project is made of select pine; the panels are birch plywood. The finish is semi-gloss polyurethane.

The lock and most of the hinges were hand made out of necessity, as the dimensions MacPherson needed were unavailable. He used 16 gauge steel to form each piece, applying a blue-grey oxide finish with a torch and finishing with polyurethane to prevent corrosion.

“I did use screws to make things easier on myself,” MacPherson admits. While the use of threaded fasteners wasn’t feasible until the late 15th century, he “never intended this to be a pure project. Broadly speaking, this bed-box is to medieval as steam-punk is to Victorian.”

According to MacPherson, the most difficult and rewarding part of the build was ensuring that all of the unfolding, interlocking, and movable pieces worked in conjunction. “I have pages of notes, sketches, and a 1/6 scale model,” exclaims MacPherson. “Most of them represent dead ends, but it’s all part and parcel to a prototype.”

MacPherson’s work resulted in a stow-able unit that weighs about 100 pounds and can be brought to a medieval camping event, equipped with a futon mattress and unfolded to become a full-sized bed fit for medieval royalty.

Unfortunately, Mr. MacPherson is not looking to sell plans or furnish us here at Fine Woodworking with them, but he states that anyone wishing to recreate or re-engineer this bed may do so.

Overall Dimensions when collapsed: 18″W x 20″H x 72 1/4″ Long

Looking for something smaller?

Double #99  Here  or #148 Here

Queen #111 Here or #149 Here

Single #102 Here Compact Single #105 Here

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