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Project by mreza posted 2061 days ago 2331 views 10 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi folks,

Here is our bed I built last year, after being on my to do list for a long time.
This is a queen size bed made out of Walnut with Maple inlays.
It was the most challenging project I have ever done since I started woodworking in 2005.
The general design I had in mind was to make a bed with fluted posts that would catch the eye at first sight.
Then I added several other ingredients to the design, such as the finials as well as the inlays and the curved cap and molding on the tops of the footboard and headboard. The posts were not as challenging as I thought, even though I am fairly new into turning.
Most of the time of building the posts was spent on building the jigs for the flutes and reeds.
The most time consuming part overall was building the curved cap on the tops and the
curved molding below them. All of them are done by bent lamination and then routed on the router table.
Almost all the pieces are attached using traditional mortise and tenon or floating tenon.
Everything with the woodworking part went pretty well and I am quite happy with that.
The finish is boiled linseed oil, followed by two coats of Shellac, and then brushed on water-based poly.
The posts are made out of lamination of two 8/4 boards and the finished size is about 3+3/4”.
The inlays are 1/4” wide out of Maple. The measurements are 88.5”x65.5” which houses a platform of size 80”x60” for the mattress.
The headboard posts are 60” high and the foot board posts are 40”.
It took about 4 months.

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#1 posted 2061 days ago

You have created something wonderful. The walnut is just spectacular. Excellent job!

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Dennis Zongker

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#2 posted 2061 days ago

Great Job!!! Beautiful Design. Also I really like the contrast of woods. Thanks for posting.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#3 posted 2061 days ago

Excellent work, and you have a great deal of talent for having done this for so short a time. Way to go!!!!!!!!

-- Dan Wiggins

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#4 posted 2061 days ago

That’s one great looking headboard!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 2061 days ago

Wow. Awesome stuff! Really nice job and You can’t really tell that you are relatively new to woodworking.

-- Something that goes unnoticed will never be remembered.

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#6 posted 2061 days ago

Man alive, that is really a fine bed. It’s gorgeous.

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Scott Bryan

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#7 posted 2061 days ago

This is a beautiful bed. Nice choice of woods as well. The details that you put into this bed make it a unique piece.

Well done!!!

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 2061 days ago

Very nicely executed project. The only critic is: The maple in the photograph seems to be too dominant (too white), I am sure it will mellow a little with time, You might have considered using 1/8” inlays, it might have been a little more refined and less dominant.

Still an excellent piece of craftsmanship

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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Alan Young

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#9 posted 2061 days ago

Love it. Love it. Love it.

Sorry I don’t have more to say :^)


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dennis mitchell

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#10 posted 2061 days ago

nice detailing!

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#11 posted 2061 days ago

nice work! as good as it gets well done looks magnificent.I also commend you and your work for such a newcomer.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#12 posted 2060 days ago

Very well done. Nice work. I also like your thickness sander and looks like you put the scrap walnut, and other woods, to good use on the cutting boards.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#13 posted 2060 days ago

Sweet Bed,very nice

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#14 posted 2060 days ago

Very nice work!
Is this from a pattern or original work? (I’m asking because my next project is going to be quite similar… just in cherry.)

-- † Hops †

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#15 posted 2060 days ago

Thanks everybody.

The design is my own. But don’t have any plan if you ask, just some rough sketch on paper.

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