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Project by jmartel posted 12-13-2015 06:15 PM 1026 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My boss asked me to make her a murphy bed since they were expecting a new child and lots of family to come visit. It’s made out of the “shop grade” birch plywood that my lumber dealer sells. Unfortunately I discovered that the quality is pretty crappy afterwards as it chips out extremely easily, and I would have been better off making it out of the nicer plywood from Home Depot. Stay away from the Chinese birch plywood. All of the trim, doors, and edging are made out of Beech. Construction is pretty simple plywood casework dadoes. The cabinets all bolt together for easier moving later on. Finish is 2 coats of Sherwin Williams Acrylic waterbased paint sprayed with a cheap Harbor Freight HVLP gun.

All of the doors have soft close hinges, and inside the upper cabinets are 2 coat hanger rails. The lower cabinets each have 1 shelf in them.

I had an incident while testing the mechanism where the entire assembly fell over and hit me in the head (picture 4). If you are making a murphy bed, make sure you have it strapped to something to keep it upright when testing it in your shop. I removed almost all of the springs, but it apparently wasn’t enough. I ended up in the ER with 6 stitches, and had to remake the molding (picture 5) to add insult to injury. Foreheads bleed a lot.

Photo 6 shows the size in relation to my shop. Left no room to work. I am glad to be done with large casework for a while and get back to more manageable sized work.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.





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CL810

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#1 posted 12-13-2015 06:29 PM

Well done Jmurphy! The paint turned out great – very even.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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#2 posted 12-13-2015 06:32 PM

Nicely done, Jmartel. It looks like a really nice dark stain. Sorry about the stitches. Could have been much worse, though. So, was the trim damaged by hitting your head? ;-)
Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#3 posted 12-13-2015 06:32 PM

Nice Jmart. How difficult was the hardware install?

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#4 posted 12-13-2015 06:44 PM

More than 2 coats and the paint would fill in the grain of the wood. I think painted furniture looks better where you can still see the grain a bit, hence only putting on 2 coats.

Duck, the hardware wasn’t difficult. They gave you dimensions on how to lay out the hole patterns. However, changing out springs is a lot of effort. In order to do it, you had to undo a couple bolts, lift the panel out, change out the springs, then re-do it. I ended up doing that 3 times trying to get the pull force correct. Without the mattress, it will stay down without requiring much force to open/close.

Thanks for the kind words.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#5 posted 12-13-2015 07:46 PM

Looks good, JComplete! I know you’re glad to have it out of the way.

The cope you made looks great, as well as the install.

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#6 posted 12-13-2015 09:20 PM

Nice job JMart. That is a huge project.

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

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#7 posted 12-13-2015 09:36 PM

Yeah, I’m not a big fan of projects that don’t allow me to work with the garage door up because they are so tall. This is the 3rd such set of cabinets that I’ve done that were that tall.

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#8 posted 12-13-2015 10:07 PM

That turned out real well. I agree with you on the paint.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#9 posted 12-13-2015 10:42 PM

Nice looking finish JM. Just think what future museum restoration expert will say when they test the finish and find your DNA! “We conclude that 21’st century craftsman went too far with their experiments with natural tinting” :-)

You do need a taller garage as well.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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#10 posted 12-13-2015 11:44 PM

Have the stitches come out yet? How about pics?

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#11 posted 12-13-2015 11:53 PM

Took them out this morning, actually. And since you asked:

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#12 posted 12-14-2015 12:24 AM

Nice scar Igor ;-)

-- "Duck and Bob would be out doin some farming with funny hats on." chrisstef

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#13 posted 12-14-2015 01:01 AM

Nice work Jstitch. That’s a pretty manly scar ya got there.

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works http://www.rmsaws.com/p/about-us.html

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#14 posted 12-14-2015 03:20 AM

Seems like this project made a mark on you;-) Doh.

Seems like everyone has made the cheap plywood mistake. I won’t even mess with anything less that A1 grade for furniture anymore.

Nice job on this one. Turned out well.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#15 posted 12-14-2015 08:23 AM

Man, this was huge! Very nice build. Despite all the jokes about the scar I wish you safe time in the shop.

-- Yuri (10x4 -- yeah, that's my tiny shop!)

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