Their's no getting around it, every house needs a number of beds. History has provided the modern builder with a wide selection of designs. More modern boxy designs are easy to build, and solid supports, but I find a certain lack of warmth in the appearance. I have always liked the warm turned appearance of colonial styles.
While furnishing a newly purchased house in 82, rather than purchasing a turned post, colonial style, bed to match the rest of the bedroom furniture, I decided to build my own. I purchased a cheap Craftsman knock-off lathe from Busy Bee and built a nice turned post, colonial style, bed, similar to the Acorn bed below. Rather than Acorns the post tops were turned spherical and I did not include the fluting, but otherwise similar. It was the first turned project I had built and it turned out nicely. I also learned to stay away from heartwood. In the headboard glue up I included a board that had a sliver of heartwood in it. After surfacing, it came loose, I removed it and filled the small cavity with a mixture of glue and sawdust, hardly noticeable after finishing.
For a first turned project, this turned out to be a very satisfying project, with long life. Even including the price of the cheap import lathe, the price worked out less than the purchase of a similar design from Sears would have been.
Workshop machine designs, plans, get all the attention. Furniture and other plans don't seem to get the same kind of attention. I think we all have to be reminded why we build workshop machines to begin with, yes you can often build them cheaper and as functional as purchased machines, and yes, as is often my case, the process of designing and building them is the attraction, but ultimately, they are built to build things, like furniture or other useful or artistic products.
So hopefully I haven't bored you yet, here is a excellent plan for a colonial style, turned, Acorn bed, designed and built by Rude Osolnik, and displayed in the 1987 Popular Science Projects Yearbook. If you have turned wood before this should not present any difficulty. The fluting is a challenge, but Rude shows you how to make a fluting tool, and how to use it.
So lets watch a football game. The Bears and Bills aren't contenders, but even a game between non-contenders is more entertaining than most of the dribble they are running on TV now-a-days.