|Project by jmartel||posted 12-13-2015 06:15 PM||1125 views||1 time favorited||20 comments|
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.