New Bed for a NewlyWed

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Project by woodworkEER posted 11-05-2009 04:21 AM 2537 views 7 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this bed as sort of a wedding present for my new wife. The wood is walnut and american chestnut. My grandfather and great uncle cut the walnut off of the family farm sometime in the 1980’s. I salvaged the chestnut from their father’s house (my great-grandfather) in clay county, WV earlier this year. The house was full of 4” T&G bead board which had been covered up with wall paper and drywall. The bed is solid as a rock. The bead board was tongued into the walnut stiles which are mortised into the legs. Turned out to be pretty simple once I got rolling.

-- Earth First; We'll log other planets later.

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#1 posted 11-05-2009 04:23 AM

Very very nice!

-- I GIVE UP!!!! I've cut this @!&*!% board 3 times.... its still too short!

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#2 posted 11-05-2009 05:03 AM

There’s a wood workers bed!
Looks great and cool story where the wood came from…............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 11-05-2009 05:06 AM

What a Great Lookin Bed

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#4 posted 11-05-2009 05:07 AM

Relay nice looking bed and a real piece of family.

-- Keith, Bolingbrook, Illinois. The way I figure it I only have the rest of my life to get good at this...

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#5 posted 11-05-2009 05:30 AM

Very nice looking bed, Great job.

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

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#6 posted 11-05-2009 06:36 AM

Great job, it’s really nice. Beautiful wood and nice design. Did you also make the chest in front of it?

-- Before they invented drawing boards, what did they go back to?

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#7 posted 11-05-2009 06:40 AM

Beautiful bed and a great salvage 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 soon moving to Virginia †

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#8 posted 11-05-2009 06:47 AM

Looks good well done

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 11-05-2009 07:12 AM

Beautiful bed awesome craftsmanship.

-- Bruce Free Plans

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#10 posted 11-05-2009 12:04 PM

that’s beautiful.
At first I wondered “A newlywed?? not newlywedS??? and then I see it is for your lovely wife—:)

the story behind the bed is a treasure. I hope you write it down and attach it to the bed somehow so it will never get lost .

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 11-05-2009 12:33 PM

Beautiful bed, reallly great work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#12 posted 11-05-2009 03:35 PM

Wow. Stunning.

May the two of you have many happy nights in it….

-- -- Neil

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#13 posted 11-05-2009 04:44 PM

A beautiful bed and the history will live on for generations. A wonderful job!

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

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#14 posted 11-05-2009 05:18 PM

Now that’s nice….

-- My workshop blog can be found at

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#15 posted 11-05-2009 05:53 PM

Very nice! Did you also make the chest at the foot of the bed?

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