shaker bed

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Project by kansas posted 1797 days ago 1497 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We stopped at shaker village just south of Lexington, KY this summer. They had numorous beds. All were similar but somewhat unique. I liked this one the best. I don’t know if any of the dimensions on my version match the original since I didn’t take any measurements. The originals all had turned lower halves of the legs but I don’t have a lathe so I just tapered them on 3 sides below where the rails connect. This is my first significant project with cherry. I like it but I think walnut is still my favorite so far. The slats are poplar. It is sized to fit a bunkbed mattress which measured 37.5×75”. The legs started out just under 2.5” square. The long ones are 41.5” and short ones are 31.5” long. I wiped it down with linseed oil and then wiped on 4 thin coats of satin poly, sanding between each coat and then I rubbed it down with 0000 steel wool dipped in paste wax. Rails are 18” off the floor—perfect for the kids to hide under! My 3 year old can just barely climb in.

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#1 posted 1797 days ago

Very plane just way shakers liked it. Well done. wonderful ,

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 1797 days ago

That’s real nice. And, when the cherry ages, it’ll be magnificent.

-- Gary, Florida.

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#3 posted 1797 days ago

Great looking bed, the cherry is beautiful. Looks like it will be a great place to sleep and hide, Very good build

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#4 posted 1797 days ago

Shaker Village is a Great Place Nice Job on the Bed

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#5 posted 1797 days ago

The bed looks great. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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