098 California King Size Folding Bed
Please Note: Standard King Size Bed Now Available – Plan # 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
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My daughter is into the Mediavel Reenacting scene and expressed an interest in this project. Since I was looking for a new wood project I thought this would fit the bill.
Just looking at the plans, I have a couple questions:
It appears to me that, with the butt hinges, the headboard supports, when folded, would protrude above the corner legs ((aka box ends/sides).
Then too, the strap hinges appear to be attached to the back of the headboard, which would allow it to fold out rather than in.
I also wonder how much weight that 1/4" tongue on the center slat support can support.