Thanks for this great series. I binge watched it in a single day and plan to build my own adaptation of this.
It will be an adaptation as I am only an occasional handyman and don't have advanced power tools or even a decent bench (my normal bench is a board on top of my folding ladder in platform mode, but I will probably buy something akin to a Balck and Decker Workmate before tackling this job. I had my entire life collection of tools (and those inherited from my father) stolen last year and have thus far only replaced the essentials. I have a basic selection of hand tools and just a power drill, jigsaw and cordless screwdriver.
I will likely forego the knock-down ability in your plan; more or less permanently assembling the bed in place and worrying about moving it if that ever comes up, which seems unlikely right now. I will try to have a timber supplier plane and cut boards to sizes as far as possible so I only need to do some small cutting and chisel work for joins.
I have some questions.
1. You mention that the boards are all 4/4. Living in a metric country I'm not familiar with common Imperial terminology but assume this means 4" × ¼". Is that correct? ¼" is only 6.35mm which seems a little narrow to me)
2. I would like to use SA pine (http://www.capepine.co.za/product/
), which is a slightly soft wood. One of the standard sizes available is 25mm × 102mm (roughly 1" × 4"). Would that be a reasonable size to use or should I try for narrower boards closer to 6.35mm?
3. I don't want to buy many expensive power tools that will see little use beyond this job but I could rent tools like a router, though having neither experience of using them, nor a big stable bench I worry about the safety aspect. Are there smaller router like tools that would cope with the rounding of board edges? I will ask the timber supplier if they are able to do this rounding for me so tools to do it myself may not be necessary.
Sorry about the long, rambling comment and thanks again for this series.