Shaker Bed

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Project by Wayne Precht posted 08-13-2009 06:08 PM 2866 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are a few photos of a bed I built for my son who is getting a little old to share a room with his brother.

The design is Shaker and based on some photos I took while visiting the Pleasant Hill Shaker Plantation in Kentucky this past fall. It was sized to this long twin mattress we inherited and turned out to be quite comfortable.

The headboard and footboard assemblies are glued and pegged together. There are 10 drop in slats
for support. The side rails sit into shallow mortises and attach with bolts from the backside to cross dowels inserted from below.

The whole thing is red oak and finished with a wipe on/off oil/varnish blend that I’ve become quite fond of for it’s fool proof (or at least resistant) nature.

-- --- Wayne.

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#1 posted 08-13-2009 06:23 PM

Beautiful Bed!!

My bad back could sure use the support you have there!!

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

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#2 posted 08-13-2009 06:28 PM

Wonderful bed!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#3 posted 08-14-2009 03:02 AM

Hard to believe but I was also recently at Shaker Village and am also working on a very similar bed. I knew it the second I saw the legs. I just got my bed hardware in the mail today. Hope mine turns out this nice. Great job.

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#4 posted 08-14-2009 03:29 AM

Great Lookin Bed

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#5 posted 08-26-2009 07:13 AM

Well done

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#6 posted 08-26-2009 05:11 PM

I was in Pleasant Hill this past May. You did a very faithful reproduction of the Kentucky style Shaker bed. Good job.

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