The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe

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Project by Chris Davis posted 09-10-2009 03:50 PM 4229 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a murphy bed that was completed in September 2009. I built this for the same customer I built the My Germen Friends Murphy Bed for in November 2008. This will go in another home of theirs. The reason for the title, The Lion, Witch, and the Wardrobe, is because the wardrobe has a hidden door. This door passes through to another section of the room. The roll of cabinets will separate a very large basement/safe room. To access the secret room you just open the middle wardrobe doors, move the cloths aside and go through the back doors. I’ll have to post more pictures when I get the installation pictures.

Along with the hidden pass through wardrobe, there is another wardrobe with double hanging rods, a display hutch with lower storage, a corner fold dow secretary style desk, and a murphy wall bed.

For a long list of building video of this project (click here)

Here are a few building pictures. 
There were so many you may have to check the archived of both July, August,  and September.
Building the corner unit
Test fit of the whole unit
The left side

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#1 posted 09-10-2009 04:00 PM

everything looks great except the door in front of the monitor. looks to short and plain. I look forward to seeing it installed

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#2 posted 09-10-2009 04:22 PM

Thanks for spending the time to post the pictures. I looked at the pictures and initially didn’t understand why it was not against the wall. Your text made it all come together.

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#3 posted 09-10-2009 04:34 PM

Hey Chris,
I have been look at your projects for a long time. They are all great. One day I’m going to try a murphy bed. I am planning on building a detached garage/workshop and turing my attached garage into another room and that where I want to put the murphy bed. Keep up the great work.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#4 posted 09-10-2009 04:36 PM

Rex, Let me know when you do build one. I’ll give you some tips.

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#5 posted 09-10-2009 04:54 PM

Good build great finished unit

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#6 posted 09-10-2009 05:33 PM

That unit looks like a lot of hard work went into it, nice job.

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#7 posted 09-10-2009 05:35 PM

Chris, You get another big WOW! Great job!

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#8 posted 09-10-2009 06:25 PM

Thanks for the comments even the constructive criticism.

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#9 posted 09-10-2009 06:55 PM

while I’m glad you showed the construction details. if the purpose was to Hide the saferoom, I’m not sure I would have shared that information. True, odds are pretty good the the perfect storm of finding the house, etc… make it a long shot, but if someone saw this post/thread and the room…

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#10 posted 09-10-2009 07:03 PM

I see you point. But the odds are better of getting struck by lighting twice, in the same spot. I didn’t even tell you that the house was in Arizonia… Just kidding. It’s not in Arizonia…or is it. Thanks for the post.

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#11 posted 09-10-2009 07:50 PM

That was quite an undertaking…well done….I have helped alot of cabinetry folks set cabinets in the spec homes we were building (back in the day I was residential contracting)...some full wall units like that…..never one that hid a room…quite an interesting concept…I’ll bet you breathed a sigh of relief once it was completed though.

I like the murphy bed idea…it is a nice way to make more space in a room…but they still require that everything be moved when the bed is extended…it does leave a room more tidy if you aren’t into making the bed everyday though…

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#12 posted 09-10-2009 08:33 PM

I was releived when I was finished. I still didn’t relax completly. It still had to installed. The customer hired someone to install it. I just got an email from the customer. They had a slight problem. It was a 1/4” too tall. Their installer cut off the bottom and she loves it. I requested pictures.

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#13 posted 09-17-2009 12:13 AM

Looks nice.

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#14 posted 09-22-2009 05:53 PM

I see the hinges on the back door, anyway, Ned. That may mean that “hidden” is only supposed to be a relative term.

Chris: another inspiring and inspired project :-)

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#15 posted 09-22-2009 08:15 PM

There will be cloths in front of it. Maybe not hidden, but not “noticable”.

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