I followed Anna's incredibly easy to follow plans pretty darn closely. I used Cherry for 90% of the bed and the cross-boards on the headboard and footboard are poplar. I used lumber that I had been holding on to for some time and purchased construction-grade lumber for the frame. Anna's plans allowed me to bring to fruition my dream to build my own bed. This was the largest project I'd built to date, and I was incredibly happy with the outcome. For a mattress I ordered foam from http://www.mattressbymail.com/ I ordered 5" of high quality foam and 4" of the 5lb viscomax memory foam and it is the most comfortable bed I've ever slept in for <$300. This is the quality of a Tempurpedic memory foam bed for a fraction of the cost. The only problem building this bed out of a hardwood is the weight of the headboard. It is ridiculous, probably about 200 lbs. I attached the frame to the headboard and footboard using cleats http://www.rockler.com/product.cfm?page=10&site=ROCKLER so I could break down the bed if need be. Then added about a dozen 3" screws in various places to firm it up. I could not be happier with the finished product. Thanks Anna!
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