How to make a plywood Tatami Bed

How to make a plywood Tatami Bed

Welcome back! Today I’m going to make a Japanese-style
bed. These beds are lower than western ones, with the mattress embedded in a wooden frame. I’ve tried to come up with a design that
would be easy to make using plywood, although other kinds of wooden sheets could also be used. Besides, this design is easy to assemble and disassemble, quite convenient if we want to move. I’ve designed two types of bed. This one is meant to be adapted to a common metal bed frame which you can find in any store. As you can see, the bed frame rests on these four corners which, in turn, join all the pieces. The other bed design is of the same size. However, for this design we’ll use a homemade
plywood frame. In this video I’ll show you how I made the
first of the two models, although both beds have similar makes. By changing the length of some pieces we can
adapt this design to any bed size. Now let’s take a look at how I made it. This time around, in order to save time I’ve
ordered some pre-cut pieces from the same warehouse where I bought the board, since
the parts are quite large. I’ll start by cutting these pieces at an
angle. They’ll be used to make the headboard thicker. I’ll also machine this rebate to work around
the floor plinth. I’ll also glue these pieces together, onto
which I will later screw the bed side rails. Now I glue the three upper side rails together
to make them thicker. I machine these pieces like this and put them
in place with glue. I sand these parts now that it’s easier
and screw the bed side rails in like this. Now I can start assembling the bed. I cut these two pieces in half to make four
supports for the bed frame. First I screw this one onto the side rails,
keeping it 1mm away from the edge. I remove the piece and then screw it onto
the headboard. This way, when screwing it back on, the screws
will put pressure and the joint between the side rail and the headboard will be tighter. I’ll use the same system for the back. I’ve numbered all the corners to make future
assemblies easier. With these last screws I finish putting the
bed together. Now it’s time to set up the nightstands. I glue these parts together and add a little
salt to stop them from moving due to the glue’s viscosity. Once the glue is dry, I sand the inner part
now that it’s easier and continue assembling the nightstands. I finish sanding all the pieces that make
up the bed and apply three coats of satin water-based varnish. I’m going to put everything back together
at the workshop to see what the finished bed looks like. I love how the edge of the plywood looks. Of course, we could apply some dye to change the color, but I like the natural look of birch wood.

Comments (100)

  1. If you'd like to help me, you can upload subtitles in your own language following this link:
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  2. Thats really cool, i wish i had the work space to be able to do bigger projects like this. did you consider making one of the seat cushions slightly thicker than the other to offset the height difference between the draw and the seat when folded into bed mode? you may have been able to avoid having to put the risers under the draw to bring the height up?

  3. a kinda gray or w,e they're called would look so nice on that bed

  4. Possible user program name in video design

  5. How much did this cost to make?

  6. What kind of wood glue you're using?


  8. Aparte de las esquinas, qué sostiene al colchón? Esa parte no la entendí.

  9. wath sowfare is it?

  10. I just Love The Pixi Dust @ 4:58 LOL i am just a noobe i am curios what is that?

  11. what application you used in the starting video ?

  12. very nice, good work

  13. wats this wood??? im from brazi, seems compensated

  14. Where can i get plans?

  15. Is this for a queen?

  16. Hello,
    I love your work and creativity and how they blend together. I am curious what computer software are you using when you make references in the video's and also show in the design process during your video's as well. I would be so thankful for your help and I am thankful for your help & I wish for you continued best wishes. Thanks, Margaret

  17. Very nicely done…

  18. wow. amazing video I like it .. thank you ✌?

  19. get rid of that annoying music

  20. how much would it cost for someone to do this?

  21. Thank you for the post. Awesome. This would also look sweet with bamboo ply. Thinking about doing it with that and with mitred corners

  22. Hey. Cool bed. Where can I get the blueprints

  23. I'm a big fans of yours I love making beds please I want to learn more about it and I don't have enough to student but I'll keep trying to the day I get your card tools for working cause I want to be good even more than you all better than you or like you thank you very much for letting me tee worship nice to meet you my name is suleiman mohammed

  24. can u make me one 😀

  25. Will this fit a full sized mattress, I bought the plans and I converted the millimeters to feet and inches but the width of the mattress it's made for is a couple inches larger

  26. Buenas noches.
    Me encantó tu proyecto.
    Como puedo hacer para hacerme llegar los planos de la base de tu cama.

  27. Hola
    Buenos días
    Abra otra manera de pagar por los planos.
    Sabes me sale muy caro el pago por el envío de los 5 Euros., es decir pago mucho más por el envío que lo que cuestan los planos.

  28. Que trabajo…necesitaria un marido jajjaja que me haga la cama y duerma.conmigo jajajjajaa

  29. How does it look with a comforter or duvet on it?

  30. i m a diyer. enjoyed the great design. if only i had his equipment.

  31. What are the measures?
    Cuáles son las medidas?

  32. What a great idea to use a store bought bed platform because the legs they come with are not strong. I'm sure it was very strong setting it in the platform you made. I'm going to make me one and stain it a oak color. I had the best parents in the world but growing up when I little my parents had blonde stained furniture so it kind of turned me against that color of stain. Very nice video thank you for showing me how.

  33. Excelente, y muy bien explicado!! Muchas gracias!! ?

  34. Pero los planos y la pagina parece que estan es castellano… hay una version del video en español?

    PD Yo queria hacer un cabecero de la cama con palets reciclados, pero me estoy engorilando y voy ha acabar haciendo la cama entera… ohohohoh

  35. Creative and precise!

  36. The beauty of birch plywood edge grains is mesmerising…!!

  37. Que es el polvo que se mira que le pones despues del pegamento

  38. I did this bed without plan just I saw your photo

  39. Birch plywood, while nice, is a bit at odds with the japanese aesthetic.

  40. Great work! How did you cover the plywood?

  41. Is it varnish or oil? Can the exact name please

  42. are the plans available in a King Size bed format?

  43. What software did are you using?

  44. Hey, Do you know how many sheets this would have been total?

  45. how to- first have your own woodshop..

  46. hola buenas tardes me encanto tu cama me puedes enviar las medidas -gracias

  47. Tendrás los planos?? Me gustaría hacerla, pero no tengo las medidas

  48. sometimes it wood be nice seeing the work you do a little more from distance. I lose track of where you are working this close up

  49. Where can I get this bed n UK

  50. Is it possible to get this sketchup drawing?

  51. What is the name of the software you have used for designing this bed

  52. best channel!! are working in sketch up? what version freeshoppro?

  53. How did you make the headboard?

  54. Nice trick with the salt. That is a new one and I have been woodworking for decades!

  55. Your shins will hate you

  56. What of the powder do you used after applying a glue ?

  57. Оклеить шпоном и было бы супер!

  58. this bed doesnt look like it can withstand the anaconda

  59. Честно, думал,он покрасит её как-нибудь оригинально, но хер там..

  60. Круто,жаль у нас нет в продаже 2м фанеры!

  61. Where do you live? Do you sell these bed frames? I'd like to buy one from you! This is amazing and beautiful work!

  62. why do you need to apply glue if you are already screwing two parts together

  63. Im gonna make this bed. Thank You for The video. That bed looks like Amazing

  64. Not bad but there's no storage.

  65. compre los planos y ya llevo dos dias esperando el correo, y no tengo ninguna noticia.

  66. Nice work but looks heavy

  67. Hola amigo , como se llama el programa que te permite ver la cama en la computadora , saludo desde Argentina ?

  68. It's really beautiful and strong. Good job

  69. I like your design, but I would prefer to seal the edges with wood because plywood edges can cause cuts at any time

  70. How many sheets of plywood does this require?

  71. is that a queen sized bed

  72. Unfortunately where I live there is no such high quality plywood

  73. Хорошие видео класс подписка будем дружить жду в гости

  74. Good joobbb..???

  75. Please tell me which software you took for design

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