Most of my furniture pieces I built in my woodshop are for the public space in my house. I like to show off as much as the next guy. The actual reason for this is that I wanted to build extra nice pieces for my private area. The first project for my bedroom will be a high quality bed. Solid, thick wood everywhere. The design is meant for the ages. This bed will last a lifetime.
The high level design is relatively simple. A headboard, a tailboard and two rails. The pieces are joined together with bed anchors. More about these later in the actual build post.
The wood I chose for the build is 2" solid oak. My supplier had a great stock I just had to use for this project. The wood is thicker than it needs to be, but that's part of the design. Combine that with the dimensions of a California king mattress and you have an impressive bed.
The four posts are 4" square. They are made by gluing two layers of the rail material together. Most of the work will be in building the headboard. I prefer not having slats or other openings my pillow can fall through in the headboard. There is nothing complicated in the design. there are not even too many cuts and joints.