Arts and Craft style bed (2005)

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Project by planesmooth posted 1866 days ago 3221 views 13 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Arts and craft bed from a Woodsmith plan for my youngest son. Maple with aniline dye and waterbased clear coat. You can download the plan at (I think it costs $10)

-- Planesmooth from TX

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#1 posted 1866 days ago

nice work. do you need to cut a mortise for each slat, or do you cut a dado and then use space blocks?

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#2 posted 1866 days ago

The rails that house all the slats are actually two pieces glued together. Each half has a series of slots routed out, and when glued together create a series of “mortises.” The slats are sit loosely in these mortises.

-- Planesmooth from TX

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#3 posted 1866 days ago

Cool bed.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#4 posted 1866 days ago

Very nice! There is something so satisfying in making a bed for a family member.

-- John - Central PA -

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#5 posted 1865 days ago

WOW, This is exactly the style of bed I am going to make for my wife. Yours looks great.

More pics from different angles would be awesome!

Just added it as a Favorite.



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#6 posted 1865 days ago

Great job! I like the color contrast.

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#7 posted 1865 days ago

that makes sense and it probably a much more efficient use of time. thanks for answering my question!

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#8 posted 1865 days ago

Very well done good wood and nice details

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 1865 days ago

I also have been thinking about a bed along these lines and would appreciate more photos when you have a chance. Great effect with the aniline dye used to make a two-tone finish. BTW, how do you have the time to do this marvelous bed AND make such amazing progress on the pie-crust table that we’ve been following on your blog??? Do you sleep?

-- SteveL

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#10 posted 1865 days ago

Very nice bed.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#11 posted 1865 days ago

Very nice work. That bed is on my short list also. Actually, one of the reasons I stumbled onto this site was I searching for examples of different Mission/Arts and Crafts bed designs and found LJs. You need a nice set of nite stands now to go with that.

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#12 posted 1865 days ago

All: I have uploaded a couple more pictures of the bed; hope that helps. Also, the plan came from Woodsmith, and you can download it at for $10 or so.

-- Planesmooth from TX

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