Murphy Bed #7: Cutting, Installing Molding, Staining Face

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Blog entry by Gene47 posted 04-20-2009 06:01 AM 2701 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I got my moldings yesterday and started cutting it to size today.

I went with a rather inexpensive precut molding in order to keep the cost down a little. I considered using Sepele but the molding would have cost more than the bed.

So here I am cutting my moldings into picture frames to put on the face panels.

Then I put them out to make sure everything looked right.

Cutting Molding

Molding Layout

Once I was satisfied with everything I put a coat of stain on before I attached them to the face frame. Since the moldings are not Mahogany I needed to let the stain soak in for a darker color.

Then I glued and pinned the moldings in place and applied another coat of stain to moldings and face panel together.

I noticed after I uploaded the pictures that I need to do a little stain touch up on the edges but other than that I think things are looking pretty good.

Attached Molding

Stained Face Panels

After the stain dries completely it takes on more of a red hue which is what we are after.

My new spray gun should be here in a couple of days and tomorrow I am going to order the pre-cat lacquer that will be the final finish.

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

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#1 posted 04-20-2009 06:13 AM

At this point Gene would you say this is more work than what you thought it would be? It always seems that things should be simpler than they are. But I guess if they were as simple as they look, anyone would be doing it.
All the steps you have gone through are all logical and necessary, I guess I just can’t wait to see it done. 8^)

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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#2 posted 04-20-2009 06:28 AM

i just love a project that overhangs my workbench by a few feet (or more)! looking good.

-- Better woodworking through old hand tools.

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#3 posted 04-20-2009 04:31 PM

I really am kind of surprised at how it really hasn’t taken as long as I thought it would to get this far. I have been going pretty slow and double and triple checking what I am doing since I purchased just enough sheet material to do the bed and the 2 cabinets that I am going to build on each side. With Mahogany plywood at $73 a sheet I really don’t want to waste any. LOL

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

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#4 posted 04-20-2009 07:56 PM

looking good!

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#5 posted 04-21-2009 02:12 AM

I’m certainly in no position to talk because every project I do takes about 8 or 9 times longer than it should. I think my issue is work habits. Make a cut, sit down for a few sips of coffee to ponder the next cut and so on. 8^) When I went back over your project, you are making this in very short order.

-- Gary D. Stoughton, WI

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