Spalted/Ambrosia Maple and Cherry Bed for my happy wife (and me)

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Project by Kaleb the Swede posted 12-13-2014 07:15 PM 1743 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch


This has been a labor of love since the end of the summer. I went to my local sawyer looking for slabs or something live edge to use for a bed frame. He had these incredibly beautiful maple pieces that weren’t quite slabs, but I knew right away that these were coming home with me. The posts and rails are made of cherry. I used white oak for the slats. The headboard and footboard are made up of two pieces of maple each making them about 30 inches total in height. My wife asked if I could keep the live edge and I am happy that I did. It really adds so much more to the look I think.

It is a queen size so It is just over 80 inches in length and over 60 inches in width. This happily replaces our terrible ikea bed that we bought when we were first married.

The shape of the posts was just something that I had in my head and kind of a pleasing shape to me.

I used Tried and True Danish oil two coats, and Tried and True Varnish Oil two coats. I absolutely love that stuff. Has to be worked it, but wow does it make it pop the grain! The cherry has a light coat of shellac then a colonial maple stain.

The only thing now is to make drawers for underneath.

The little wife also wants side tables, a dresser, and a make up vanity to match in the bedroom now. Oh darn….more shop time for me….great success!

Thanks for looking,

The Swede

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#1 posted 12-13-2014 08:04 PM

Great looking wood and bed. I also have had wood tell me to take it home, I understand. Happy wife, happy life. Merry Christmas to you and yours. Very nicely done.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#2 posted 12-13-2014 08:49 PM

Nice bed. Kaleb. Looks like more projects on the horizon to match it too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Merry Christmas, cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 12-13-2014 09:22 PM

great project – very bold and alive!

-- Greg Simon

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#4 posted 12-13-2014 11:19 PM

Nice manly looking bed.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#5 posted 12-14-2014 12:35 AM

Wonderful looking bed, glad it is liked so much

-- Norman

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#6 posted 12-14-2014 12:43 AM

Congratulations on a wonderful bed. Great job.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#7 posted 12-14-2014 01:07 AM

Beautiful job. I love it.


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#8 posted 12-14-2014 02:11 AM

Sneakster didn’t even show us updates on the furniture forum.

Solid looking piece bro. Well done.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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Kaleb the Swede

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#9 posted 12-14-2014 02:31 AM

Thanks all for the kind comments. It means a lot.

Yeah Red this year has been hectic at work and with the boy at home so I have only been getting things done sporadically, and then I forget to post pictures….sorry

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#10 posted 12-14-2014 01:42 PM

Very nice Kaleb, Very beautiful wood and very nice build.

It is beautiful, Todd

-- Todd Swartwood (Todd Swart-Woodworks)

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#11 posted 12-14-2014 03:54 PM

Looks awesome!!! I bet that thing weighs a lot! I hope LOYL has been doing her deadlifts, cause you’re going to need some help getting that into the house.

I’ve always thought beds would be tough with a hobbyist shop setup because of the lengths that need to be square. I especially think flattening the bed rails on the jointer could be a challenge. It looks like you made it work. Looks great and I am looking forward to seeing the matching set.

I still need to build my wife something. That would probably score me more leeway on the shop time.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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Kaleb the Swede

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#12 posted 12-14-2014 05:51 PM

I flattened one side with hand planes and then brought the boards into school where I work and the shop teacher kindly planed them down to about 1 1/8 inch for me on the 24 inch planer we have. That is how I got them flat.

I brought everything inside and upstairs last night. Thanks again guys

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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Matthew Eye

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#13 posted 12-03-2015 09:11 PM

I love your bed design. What did you used to secure the bed rails to the posts?

-- "When it comes to working on stuff, buying more tools usually helps" - Matthew Eye

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Kaleb the Swede

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#14 posted 12-04-2015 03:43 AM

Hi matt. Thanks a lot for the compliments. It means a lot. I used bed bolts that were available from woodcraft. I cut a small quarter inch tenon on the rails into the posts so to keep from racking.

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#15 posted 03-21-2016 05:48 PM

Very nice. Looks great!

-- Mike Chaffin - Past-Time Woodworks

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