Murphy Bed #5: Face Panels

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Blog entry by Gene47 posted 04-19-2009 04:21 PM 1716 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Had an enjoyable day but again what day is not enjoyable when you get to spend it making sawdust?

The first thing I did today is finish out my location jig so that for all future beds I will be able to align the pieces in the jig mark all the locations and do a quick check with the ruler and drill and cut.

The first pic shows the jig with all of the holes and locations finished and properly marked. The second one shows the jig in position to lay out the opening for the Left Panel Locking Leg

Location Jig

Location Jig

After marking the location and checking to make sure it is correct I drilled a 3/4” hole in the waste area and then with my jig saw cut the hole out to within about 1/8” inch.

Face Panel

Face Panel

Once I had the hole roughed out I flipped the jig over and put it on the underside of the panel and using an a 1/4 flush trim bit in my router cut the hole to finish size.

Face Panel

After I got the holes in face panels I set about making 4 pieces that will be used for the legs and pull down handles of the bed.

The 2 face panels happen to be a very light mahogany and I had a couple of scrap pieces of white oak that I think when finished will be a very close match.

I ran the oak thru the joiner on one face, jointed one edge and then planed them to final thickness. Taking them to the table saw I ripped them to final width, and cut to length.

Leg Blanks

After that I set up my router and put a classic profile on all for edges of one face of each piece. I think they will look very nice after they are finished and I attach the antique brass handles to each one.

Leg Profile

The last thing I did today was edge band the outside edge of both face panels and the end that will show when the bed is pulled down and then set the frame assembly on top to see how it looks.

Frame Assembly

Due to space constrictions I think I am going to sand the parts that I have completed so far and apply a coat of stain before I assemble the frame to the face panels. I am going to try my hand at a spraying a quick dry lacquer for the final finish. Hope it works.

-- Gene Miller - it only took me 3 days 9 hours and 28 minutes to get that top flat!

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#1 posted 04-19-2009 11:50 PM

Starting to look like a murphy bed center. Thanks for the post.

Quick question do the new instructions have you drill all five holes in the sideboard for the T nuts? If not you may be short, let me know and I’ll send you a few.

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#2 posted 04-20-2009 05:07 AM

Hi Chris,

Thanks for all the comments.

The instructions I have have 3 T nuts in each ball mounting plate and 2 #8 screws from the outside in the holes closest to the end of the side rail. I guess they figure 3 T nuts are going to hold with out too much trouble.

-- Gene Miller - it only took me 3 days 9 hours and 28 minutes to get that top flat!

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