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Project by Tony posted 08-28-2007 08:55 PM 5754 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sorry to all my LJ friends that I have not been too active recently on LJ, but I have been pretty busy, had an exhibition of my items, visited Germany doing some research (for Wayne), drinking lots of good beer, eating even more good food and making business contacts. Sold ALL my stock in one day to one client. Having to make a totally new website in 3 languages – Oh yes and made this bed.

So first to my thanks go to Bill, for introducing me to the Create-a-Bed and giving me the inspiration to make one.

My second thanks must go to David for his Beginners guide to Vacuum bag pressing and all his efforts in producing the information which guided me through the process.

So down to the details of the project:

The mattress is 2m long and 1.6m wide, so that meant having to redraw the “Queen Size bed” plans provided.
We cannot get Oak veneered plywood here in Finland (not that I have found) so I had to Vacuum press 4 sheets of 17.5mm, 8*4 ply on both sides with oak veneer (0.6mm) 25M2 – That was fun working alone – The large working surface I made for the table saw was not big enough, so I had to make another temporary 8×4 table for the Vacuum bag. Thankfully the rearrangement of the workshop did give me the extra space I needed.

I followed the plans provided and watched the video. No problems all went smoothly until I assembled the mattress part of the bed – this HEAVY – HEAVY and all alone it is very difficult to manoeuvre.
Anyway to cut a long storey short – The mouldings were added, the stain and Hard-wax applied to all the parts.

I got the assistance of a friend for a couple of hours to help me carry the bed into the Guest room and the installation was completed in under an hour.
Our first guests were using the bed the very same night and were delighted to see how easily it could be raised and lowered.

The next step is to wire the light switch and to persuade my wife to let me make an accompanying side shelves/cupboard.

The project was fun, I would do it again – just sorry the photographs do not do justice to the finished product.

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#1 posted 08-28-2007 10:55 PM

Very nice, a beautiful piece of craftsmanship.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#2 posted 08-28-2007 11:00 PM

Nice looking bed Tony, Where in Germany were you. I was stationed at Fulda, while in the Army. Up north of Frankfurt. jockmike

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

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#3 posted 08-28-2007 11:05 PM


I was down in Munich, where the good beer and food is! When I was in the army I was also in the North-East of Germany “Celle” – my lord that was 30+ years ago – does’nt time fly when you are having fun.

Hope you are feeling better after ALL your recent adventures

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#4 posted 08-28-2007 11:27 PM

(hmm good beer and food—was that the research???) :)

how exciting to see a project that was inspired by and tutored by fellow LumberJocks’ posts!!

Love the little do-dads on the front. Bravo.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 08-29-2007 12:00 AM

Nice bed Tony!

I’ll never be able to have one of these beds though, because then I’d have to find someplace to put everything I have under the bed ;^D

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 08-29-2007 12:34 AM

You do really nice work Tony !

Bed is double cool.

Great story to along with this posting.

Very well done.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 08-29-2007 04:12 AM

Nice looking bed Tony.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell,

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#8 posted 08-29-2007 10:19 AM

Great bed Tony – You do some nice work.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 08-29-2007 10:45 AM

Very nice wok Tony, well done.

-- Atelierwoodworks Vaud Switzerland

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#10 posted 08-29-2007 02:40 PM

Sorry Tony,

Very nice work Tony, well done

-- Atelierwoodworks Vaud Switzerland

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#11 posted 08-29-2007 04:33 PM

Great work Tony. You did a better job than I did on my wall bed. I just used the cabinet grade plywood, no veneering. I also used pine for the moulding, since the customer said they wanted to paint it. It is still not painted, but they love the bed.

I like the panel look you created. This looks great. It is also a great space saver too. After someone is done sleeping, simply fold up the bed and virtually the whole room is free space again. I think if more people saw these, a lot more would want them. Especially for the space savings.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#12 posted 08-29-2007 04:44 PM

Hi Bill – Thanks for everything. I could not agree with you more – The space and the ease at which it is created is so fast and easy. I have to get this message over to my customers – I think the biggest problem will be the price tag – when you start talking thousands not hundreds they suddenly disapear…. materials are just so more expensive here in the land of trees – especially wood!

Again thanks for the inspiration

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (

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#13 posted 08-29-2007 05:12 PM

Well when you compare the costs of the wall bed to the cost of a free standing bed, the cost differences begin to quickly disappear. Yes, you can by less expensive frames for beds, but most of the ones that people get run in the same price range as the wall bed, if not more. This way, you get the bed, and it is out of your way when you do not need it. It is almost like getting an extra room in the house!

Well done again Tony. I hope you sell a bunch of them, and become the wall bed king of Finland.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#14 posted 07-09-2008 06:56 PM


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#15 posted 07-09-2008 07:04 PM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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