Our youngest will be having a birthday soon and when I asked her what she would like for her birthday, she surprised me with her answer. She asked if I could build her a canopy bed. She even produced a 3D sketch of what she wanted it to look like. How could I say no?
I still haven't finished up the porch swing but if I am to complete this project in time, I had to start quickly so I set the porch swing aside, gathered up some cheap one-by lumber and proceeded to make a top for the bed as defined in her sketch. Ignore the center two boards with the clamps on them. I just put them there to give me a place to rest the peak of her bed canopy until I could get it glued and fastened together.
The one problem is that her bed is one of those basic metal frames that has brackets on one end to fasten a headboard but no brackets on the other end. So even if I wanted to, I can't make four posts to support the canopy. Fortunately her bedroom is fairly small and her bed is in a corner so if I attach the canopy to the two walls adjacent to the corner, I really only need one post to support the corner hanging out towards the middle of the room. I can attach it to the canopy top and one of the brackets meant for a headboard on the bed frame and everything will be nicely held in place.
Since this picture was taken, I have added some screws for strength and filled in those holes along with other defects with wood putty so that I can prime and paint everything. It is supposed to be cold from now until her birthday but hopefully it will be warm enough in the afternoons to get the paint to dry. It is a lot more forgiving than glue is.
Once again, I am thankful for my mobile workbench. It allows me to build it while standing instead of crouched on my hands and knees on the floor plus I could clamp it in place to hold is square while I figured out the compound geometry needed on each end of the ridge boards going to the point.