Mission Oak Bed

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 11-24-2009 06:19 PM 2896 views 6 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This project was for one of my good customers who has since moved to Colorado. She wanted a queen size Mission Oak bed from a picture in a JC penney catalog showing bedding but I could only see less than half the picture and had to develop the rest of the look. It is made from red oak and finished with Zar #120 Teak Natural stain and sprayed with Watco clear lacquer. It has 90 square spindles and steel lock brackets in the posts to lock the rails. I had to stand on top of the deck to rout the ends of the rails for the hook brackets. The cross braces have feet on them for center support of the mattress which makes if very solid.

This is the only place I had in the basement big enough to set this up for a picture.

The one thing she wanted was to have it match the wood in a very old nightstand which was red oak with hickory pulls. So the top caps of the post on this bed are hickory . I had to take the 85” rails to a friend’s shop to run through his Jointer because all I had at the time was 24” long one. I now have a 55” Grizzley jointer!!

The one real hectic moment was getting all the spindles to fit into thehead board and foot board rails during the gluing process. I did stain all the spindles and rails before installing them to save having to stain in all those corners.

She was totally happy with it!.
..................Jim Jakosh

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 11-24-2009 06:25 PM

Fantastic bed with super details.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 11-24-2009 06:30 PM

Very nice! I have always liked mission style furniture. My wife has wanted me to build a similar styled bed for some time now.

Great Job!!

-- Dennis,!/MpleGrvWoodwrks

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#3 posted 11-24-2009 06:36 PM

Very nice bed from nice lumber. Great work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 11-24-2009 06:52 PM

I wish I’d thought of of staining the spindles first. I also had a heck of a time getting the spindles in place during the glueup. Nicely done sir! Did the proceeds from this project perchance offset the price of the jointer?

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#5 posted 11-24-2009 07:05 PM

Beautiful job. Very nice.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#6 posted 11-24-2009 07:16 PM

Jim, that is indeed a gorgeous bed. This is my favorite style of furniture and I am sure this was a satisfying build even though the thrill of cutting the mortises and tenons wore off after the first few were completed. :)

You did a good job on the stain and finish as well. Matching it up with an existing piece can be a challenge and if your customer was satisfied then that is the most important part of the job.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 11-24-2009 07:37 PM

Does it second as a pool table, lol, Beautifully done. Gorgeous, nice job.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#8 posted 11-24-2009 08:49 PM

Beautiful design. I’ve made a few beds for people. We’re going to do some renovating this year and I’ll be making a bed for me and the wife. I’ve decided on mission style and I like the one you’ve made… favorited for later recall. thanks.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#9 posted 11-24-2009 09:20 PM

Beautiful bed, Jim.

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#10 posted 11-24-2009 09:23 PM

Nice work Jim! One of those is on my list of things to do also

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#11 posted 11-24-2009 09:56 PM

Nice project. It has a bit of Prairie school influenece in the posts.

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#12 posted 11-24-2009 10:14 PM

Nice looking bed. I have always liked mission style furniture.

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#13 posted 11-24-2009 10:39 PM

Looks great!!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#14 posted 11-25-2009 06:04 AM

Great Lookin Job

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#15 posted 11-25-2009 12:51 PM

Great looking bed.
I hear you about trying to glue up all those spindles at one time!

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