The DiBello Bed

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Project by Goldwoman posted 03-26-2015 07:10 PM 1409 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After 36 years as a designer in advertising, I started designing furniture in 2003, but came to realize that in order to really design furniture, I had to learn to build furniture. So, at 56 I changed careers and have been working as an apprentice for 14 months under the guidance of Master Furniture Maker Phillip Sell in Wimberley, Texas.

This bed is my first piece (designed and built), just completed for entry in the Texas Furniture Makers Show in Kerrville, TX. ( The bed is Queen size, in solid Walnut. I was inspired by the Willow Chair by Charles Rennie Macintosh, and by Phillip’s contemporary pieces.

I am so honored at having been accepted to the show, which was my goal for my first year!

*Update: This was first posted in 2013, and I am thrilled to report that I was given two awards at the show! Best Apprentice, and a Judges Special Award. All pieces are judged blindly, meaning they don’t know who made what, so I was judged within the entire field, and when they realized I was a first year Apprentice, they gave me the second award! I am so humbled and grateful for this honor. I can’t wait to post pics of my entry for this year….stay tuned!

-- "The right path always feels too good to be true. It always feels like so much fun you can't believe it." -Dr. Christine Northrup

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#1 posted 03-26-2015 07:35 PM

Wow. That is a lot of lap joints. Did you use a dado stack on a RAS? I would think that would be the most economical for this magnitude of joints.

Nice job. Looks awesome.

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#2 posted 03-26-2015 08:11 PM


Nice piece, but I’ve said that on all your work! :<)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 03-26-2015 11:44 PM

Great looking bed—love that walnut!

-- Dean

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#4 posted 03-27-2015 02:48 AM

This is a beauty. Are all of intersections in the grid work half lapped? Did you just set it up like a box joint jig with the dado stack?

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#5 posted 03-27-2015 03:13 AM

Congratulations on recognition in the Texas Furniture Show! It is refreshing to see new designs in wood working as opposed to a blatant and unaltered copying of the work of others. They say that having your work copied is the greatest flattery, but I beg to differ that a creator should not just copy but to be influenced by the design of others in their journey to creating their own piece and making a new design of their own.

I would say that you have managed to show your influence and your talent as a designer and wood worker. Please share your techniques and insights of your work.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#6 posted 03-27-2015 04:46 AM

This is a wonderful bed! For those who didn’t see it when you posted it in February 2014, here’s another photo:


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#7 posted 03-27-2015 04:57 AM

Thank you for posting this, lightweightladylefty! I am not sure why it is showing up again all of a sudden, but I sure do appreciate all of the kind comments from you all!

-- "The right path always feels too good to be true. It always feels like so much fun you can't believe it." -Dr. Christine Northrup

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#8 posted 03-27-2015 01:36 PM

What a pleasure to view! The lines the post follow are really graceful. Thanks for sharing your work.

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#9 posted 03-28-2015 07:04 PM

Very original, sure to be functional and treasured.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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