This pineapple bed was in pretty rough shape, in fact her owner told me they had to use screws on the rails because they were so warped. I had to do some gluing and repairs in order for it to be sturdy enough for a bench.
The first order of business was to cut the foot board in half. I used my jigsaw for this task.
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I used some bar clamps to do a dry fit with the sides (arm rests).
In order to secure the post to the headboard, I drew a circle around the outer edge of the post onto the square of the headboard.
I have some extra long drill bits in my arsenal from the early days before I got my Kreg Jig. I drilled from the front to the back of the headboard post.
For the side (arm rest) that is the board I drilled pocket hole screws with my Kreg Jig. I drilled them with the bit set for ¾ wood, but I used these monster screws because it was going into such a thick bed post.
See? I used those blue screws that are 2.5 inches long. I love using this assorted box of pocket hole screws.
I used very long screws (coated with some bath soap) to secure the round bed post, through the back of the headboard post.
I drilled pocket holes in one of the bed rails (cut to size) for the front brace.
I used 1x4’s for the seat, notching them on each side in the front and back. (not shown—I had to add another board across the back for the seat to rest on. I would have used the other side rail, but it was way too warped) The patched spot in the front rail is from a huge staple or bent over nail that was removed.
This is the completed bed bench, ready for the paint booth.
I used the Porter Paint that I got at the ReStore as a primer. My friend had wanted it black, but decided instead to have it painted white. FYI, I got a new paint sprayer, details tomorrow.
So far, this bench only has primer on it. My friend said she wanted to paint it herself—I wonder if she’ll stick with white?
Hey Valinda--look at this pretty red pineapple bed I found on 551 East
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