With a look that combines traditional detailing and construction with the clean lines of contemporary style, our anniversary bed is sure to be the ideal centerpiece for just about any bedroom decor. Like the entire Popular Mechanics anniversary furniture series, it’s constructed of solid mahogany, and has a clear finish so it will age gracefully to a deep, warm glow. The design is based on time-honored frame-and-panel construction, with convenient rail hangers so the bed can be easily
of pomele sapele veneer and dark wenge give our bed a touch of distinction while tying it to the other pieces in the series. These exotic woods are available from mail-order suppliers such as A&M Wood Specialty Inc., 358 Eagle St. N., Box 32040, Cambridge, Ontario, Canada N3H 5M2; www.amwoodinc.com.
The bed is built with a series of support slats that eliminate the need for a box spring, and the dimensions we show will handle a queen-size mattress. While mattresses vary in thickness, one that’s 8 in. thick will yield a 191⁄2-in.-high bed. For a mattress of a different size or thickness, simply adjust the dimensions as necessary.
This project was originally published in the November 2002 issue of Popular Mechanics
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