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“My German Friend’s” Murphy bed

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Project by Chris Davis posted 11-26-2008 02:35 PM 4912 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Euro Murphy bed that I completed on November 26th, 2008. I call it “My German Friend’s” Murphy bed because I usually post the status of where my customers furniture is in the building process on my Status page. She didn’t want her last name on there so I always used “My German Friend” because she’s originally from Germany.

This bed is built from maple and features a Murphy bed two regular bookcases and one corner bookcase on one wall and bench seating on another wall. The 30” bookcase are similar to my regular Euro style with the glass doors covered in window film. I did, however, shorten the door space and leave a larger open space below it. This was done to match up with the larger space needed for the corner unit.

The corner unit took a lot of planning. Since I only have a certain amount of space to deal with and I needed enough opening space for the work area, a lot of calculations had to be made. If you don’t have a calculator with a rise, run, diagonal feature on it, get one. They are a life saver. Mine has been broke and I had to use the a^2 + b^2 = c^2 method. That will make anybody insane. I put in a Secretary style fold down work surface. Since I didn’t have a lot of room, I didn’t want to obstruct it with any support hardware, so I developed a drawer support system instead. The lower drawer pulls out slightly and a flip-up support folds out of that.

The other wall had bench style storage. The first two are made to be modular so that the customer can have the doors either in the center or on the outside. It is also designed so that those are exactly center in a bay window. The seam is at the center point of the window. The last bench seat has a removable cushion so that a storage chest style lid opens up. The doors on the last one are non-working.

The customer really enjoyed tracking this project, so I posted extra pictures and actually recorded some of my live stream for her. She even wanted a picture of me with the piece. It was an enjoyable piece to build.

Here are some of the videos:
http://www.ustream.tv/myvideos/1/878992
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/883396
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/887122
http://www.ustream.tv/recorded/892822

Of course you can always see my shop live at my current projects link.
Video chat rooms at Ustream

Some of the pictures
Adding a piece of hardwood to the angeled corner cabinet side.
Framed out cabinets
Benches
Cutting the shelf for corner cabinet.
Just about ready to stain.
Picture for the customer's scrap book

-- Watch live video from our shop. http://wwbeds.com/live.htm





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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 11-26-2008 05:05 PM

another good one, Chris

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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mtnwild

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#2 posted 11-26-2008 05:20 PM

Super, great work. Looks like you enjoy what you do, love seeing it, thanks. Looks like a dream shop around you there.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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