Park Model Project: Pedestal Bed
Paul has been busy working on building a platform bed for our park model for the past several weeks. Progress has been slow because he has had to work off and on since we are still busy with Co-op meetings and Co-op projects. However, persistence has paid off because the bed is finally complete.
The construction of the bed took two sheets of birch plywood, two sheets of fir plywood, and a couple of 2x4s. In order to be able to store all that wood in our shed, Paul had Home Depot cut the sheets of plywood into smaller pieces. That also made it easier for him to handle the sheets for loading and unloading, and it made it easier to handle the sheets when cutting them to the finished sizes.
Paul used pocket screws for much of the assembly. The next photo shows him using his Kreg jig to drill a hole for one of the pocket screws.
As we said, with our busy schedule Paul had to stop working and put everything away numerous times. Because of the limited space in our shed, everything had to be disassembled every time he put it away. Next time, he would have to get out all his pieces and reassemble them to pick up where he left off. Finally, he got all the pieces cut, sanded, and drilled so he could assemble the whole frame to test the operation.
The mattress will sit on top of the deck, and gas struts make it easy to lift everything up to get at the storage space underneath. Although pushing the deck back down was difficult without the weight of the mattress on top, everything worked perfectly.
After checking out the final fit and operation of the bed, Paul had to disassemble it again to store all the parts in the shed until his next work day when he began applying stain and polyurethane finish to all the parts. After that, he finished building the drawers that go at the foot of the bed then assembled everything one last time to fit the drawers and attach the drawer slides.
It was very unsatisfying to finish the project then have to take the bed all apart again to put it back into storage, but that's the only way it will fit into the shed. The good news is it won't have to stay in there long.
In spite of our busy schedule and a major project, we managed to go out to eat several times recently. We went to Wauchula Family Restaurant a couple of weeks ago with another couple from the Co-op, Jim and Arlene. We all had the Athenian, which is breaded, grilled grouper, and which was the special of the day for $9.95 (regularly $11.95). The food was delish, and we had a good time getting to know Jim and Arlene better.
As we mentioned in our last post, our friends from Maine, Mike and Peggy, are staying here in the Co-op for a couple of weeks. We went out to dinner with them last Monday. We enjoyed the Wauchula Family Restaurant when we went with Jim and Arlene so much, we suggested going there again. We had a good time catching up with Mike and Peggy.
We went out to eat with again with Mike and Peggy last Wednesday to Cody's Roadhouse in Sebring for their 2-for-1 fajitas. On the way back to the Co-op, we stopped at Maxwell Groves in Avon Park for some of their delicious orange, soft-serve ice cream. It was our first stop of the season. Maxwell's sustained a lot of damage as a result of Hurricane Irma so they only reopened recently. Margery likes orange-vanilla twist because is tastes like a creamsicle, and Paul likes straight orange because it is slightly tart and he thinks it is very refreshing. Part of the fun is sitting in the orange rocking chairs on the big front porch to eat your ice cream.
On Thursday, we went to dinner to Giovanni's Main Street Kitchen in Wauchula with two couples from the Co-op - Jim and Arlene, and Nelson and Ann. We had a good time, and we probably annoyed everyone else in the restaurant with all our laughing.
With Mike and Peggy staying here at the Co-op, we finally have some sightseeing planned. Stay tuned.