Murphy Bed Mission Style

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Project by Ken90712 posted 05-18-2015 11:05 PM 1769 views 4 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have wanted a murphy bed for the guest room for a long time. I have looked at all the posts from Chris Davis and his company WWW.wwbeds for a while on here. The biggest debate was how much to do myself. If you buy the hardware kit from him he offers to send to the plans for free.

Blondie I had a tough beginning of the year, losing Mom unexpectedly. Keeping Dad busy, who for 50 yrs has never been on his own is a big adjustment. He mentioned he wanted to come out for a visit while talking; I was like heck yes come now!

Being the guest room had a futon and we all know how those feel, maybe good for one night. I knew I needed a proper bed for his visit. I choose to buy the unfinished precut Mission Kit from Chris. Saves me time be having them do all cutting and drilling. Not to mention some money by me doing the finishing and assembly. We worked out a price, which I thought was really fair. I even bought a mattress from his company. This to be shipped along with the bed at a great price compared to our Southern California prices.

We cpl minor things that were missed in the shipping due to change over to a upgraded Mechanism kit. It was always handled quickly and without an issue. I am very impressed with Create a Bed hardware and Chris’s Bed Company.

I stained it then sprayed 5 coats of Enduo-Var with my Earlex-5500. Most of you know I’m a big fan of Craftsman and Mission style.

I’m currently making the Bookcase for next to it and about 1/2 way done.

I am Extremely Happy with this Bed. Pops say he slept great on it for 2 weeks. Although that might be from me working him in the shop with me as much as possible LOL

Sorry about the pics, I’ll get better soon I hope.

Thx, all comments are welcome

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#1 posted 05-18-2015 11:33 PM

Thanks for the post. That appears to be a top quality kit and company. I feel that you made a very wise choice in your selection for the room size. Further, so glad you are having Dad work WITH you in your shop.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343

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#2 posted 05-19-2015 12:43 AM

Gorgeous! Super finish, too!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#3 posted 05-19-2015 01:11 AM

Ken, I’m sorry to be negative but I am trying to give my honest opinion.

You did a great job on the staining and finish,
but, through no fault of your own, I can’t get over the bad selection of wood grains and placement of them.
2 doors on the left have straight grain, 2 doors on the right have very wild grain as do 3 of the drawer faces but 1 with straight grain.
Wood selection and placement is a very important part of a project and I think whoever picked it for your project did a poor job with consistency.

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#4 posted 05-19-2015 01:38 AM

Sounds like you had a great time and got a piece of furniture for future vists.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 05-19-2015 02:20 AM

I have to agree with your opinion Wooddust. I kind of thought then same thing but thought maybe i was being to picky which I tend to do. They could have been more selective no doubt.. Thx for the comment!!!!!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 05-19-2015 04:15 AM

Not too picky,
I would have thought that buying it from a company that they would have been more selective.

On a side note Ken most people, that aren’t woodworkers, probably wouldn’t even notice the difference.
It’s still a nice unit.

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#7 posted 05-19-2015 04:27 AM

Awesome bed.

-- "The Cedar King"

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#8 posted 05-19-2015 05:26 AM


Sorry for the loss of your Mom…

It brought you and Dad closer… which is priceless…

That bed is really SUPER!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#9 posted 05-19-2015 01:06 PM

Beautiful work. Looks first class.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#10 posted 05-19-2015 02:21 PM

Ken, I’m currently in the final stages of constructing a queen Murphy bed for our guest bedroom as well. I, however, opted for getting the hardware and plans only (from Rockler) and looking back, I would have been just as happy (maybe more) in buying everything cut and ready to assemble. They are a lot of work and the size makes them somewhat unwieldy in the shop!
Very nice job on this!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#11 posted 05-19-2015 05:03 PM

Very nicely done!

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#12 posted 05-19-2015 05:41 PM

Nice work Ken, it looks great.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 05-19-2015 07:02 PM

Very nice work but I agree with the comment about the wood grain.

-- Bert

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#14 posted 05-20-2015 08:54 AM

Lovely, both the bed and the whole story of him being in the shop.
You are a good man.
The bed turned out great.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#15 posted 05-20-2015 04:13 PM

Ken great job on the bed.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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