Birch Bed & Mirror

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Project by WoodshopJoe posted 10-16-2009 09:09 PM 3112 views 9 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This a bed I made, since we really only had a frame. I actually found the plan from the Popular Mechanics website and it was their 100th anniversary bedroom set design. The mirror is my design and it was made to match the bed. I had the mirror and scrap from the bed so it really cost me nothing but the time to make it. The bed is a platform style frame so it does not have a box spring. I wanted to give it an old look by keeping the mattress profile slender but with these thick mattress and box springs these days it was a challenge to achieve that goal. So I opted for the platform style instead. This bed is super solid, it’s the first one I have made so I probably overbuilt it a bit but I love how it turned out.

-- Joe Truehart - The Craftsmans Woodshop

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#1 posted 10-16-2009 09:18 PM

Hey thanks! It took me a while to get the color right, I really like the Zar stains. They have a very high solids content and take some time to dry. I then coated it with about 5 coats of amber shellac that really gives it that orange/brown color.

-- Joe Truehart - The Craftsmans Woodshop

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#2 posted 10-16-2009 09:37 PM

beautiful bed! i second the nice finish, amazing how you got the birch to turn out so even. and nice eye for detail on a calm and peaceful reflection in the mirror.


-- "Repetition is a leading cause of carelessness, and carelessness usually leads to injury"

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#3 posted 10-16-2009 10:30 PM

Great looking bed and mirror! The tones look terrific!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 10-16-2009 10:32 PM

Actually I just used some bed rail hardware that I got at the local Woodcraft store. It’s nothing too fancy. But having seen beds with this hardware before I knew they were prone to being “wobbly”. So I recessed them mortised them into the posts a bit deeper so the two faces of the plates wouldn’t come together. What that di was cause a locking force in two directions. So when weight is applied to the bed the force pulls the rails into the posts and makes it extremely solid. Then I also have a solid 3/4” plywood platform that is screwed to the rails supported by 2×4’s. It really doesn’t move or creak. Probably more than you needed to know but I was on a roll.

-- Joe Truehart - The Craftsmans Woodshop

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#5 posted 10-16-2009 10:53 PM

Very nice job – warm glows. Oh, by the way, who painted that realistic looking outdoor scene inside of your picture frame?

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 10-16-2009 11:09 PM

You like my outdoor scene do you. I fought with taking a photo of that mirror for some time. I couldn’t get a nice view so I decided to take it outside…so I guess that is God’s painting in my mirror

-- Joe Truehart - The Craftsmans Woodshop

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#7 posted 10-17-2009 12:50 AM

Nice work!

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#8 posted 10-17-2009 03:48 AM

Great Lookin Bed

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#9 posted 10-17-2009 03:51 AM

Good work Joe nice marriage of projects

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#10 posted 10-17-2009 07:54 AM

I like the color nice work!

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