Raised Panel Bed Set

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Project by Chris Davis posted 02-06-2009 03:26 PM 9995 views 18 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bedroom set that I completed in June 2005. It was built in oak and featured raised panels on the head and footboard. One thing that I did different was to turn the center panel horizontal. Normally I outsource the panel work, but on this one I built it myself, mainly because of the sideways panel. I didn’t want to confuse my supplier. This change in the panel gave it a little different look to it. The headboard also featured some hand forged ironwork.

The case goods are a combination of a face frame look but built like they are frameless. The sides look like a 2” face frame, but I made it appear to be 2” thick. I sandwiched two ¾” boards and a ½” thick inside frame together to make a frameless 2” thick side panel. I also added rope molding and hand built the base molding in layers.

Here are some pictures of the case goods:
Dresser and Mirror
Dresser and Mirror



Here are some building pictures:
Sanding the panel inserts.
The panel glue up.
Cutting biscuit slots to attach panel to post.
Sanding the panel.
Headboard and footboard
Framed out chest.
Framed out dresser

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#1 posted 02-06-2009 03:56 PM

Great Looking Work!

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Bob Areddy

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#2 posted 02-06-2009 04:34 PM

This is killer nice. Love the bed and ironwork.

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#3 posted 02-06-2009 05:04 PM

This is a great looking set, Chris. Have the Murphy beds been more popular than the conventional, for you? Thanks for the post.

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#4 posted 02-06-2009 05:20 PM

tenontim, The murphy beds have been a lot more popular than the conventional ones. Mainly because that is what I’ve been pushing. I push the because I like building them and I’ve refined the process.

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#5 posted 02-06-2009 06:25 PM

Great bedroom set.

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#6 posted 02-06-2009 10:38 PM

excellent work

-- Just remember,it was a lone amatuer that built the ark, and a team of experts built the Titanic.

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#7 posted 02-11-2009 04:10 AM

Nice bedroom suit.

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#8 posted 03-11-2009 05:40 PM

Everything is excellent.
Where was I thirty three days ago?

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#9 posted 06-13-2009 04:50 PM

Where did you get the iron work?

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#10 posted 10-29-2009 03:47 PM

Impressive! Your picture looks like you are displaying in a furniture store. Is this the case or do you have a showroom at your shop?

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Chris Davis

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#11 posted 10-29-2009 07:53 PM

eisner95, sorry I never seen you post. I had the Iron hand forged locally.

tncraftsman, I do have a show room.

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#12 posted 11-01-2009 07:52 AM

Wow great bedroom set fantastic job

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