King Walnut Bed & Mirror

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Project by kmiles posted 10-15-2016 04:33 AM 333 views 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First project and first post. I hope I’m doing this right.

This is a walnut king size bed. Every visible surface has some sort visual interest in them. Most of the visible boards have crotches in them. A few have live bark in the boards. And in a couple of places we have a crotch with live bark in them.

The post are 6×6 inches made from laminating three 9/4 boards together.

The panels that you see in the front are made from 1/4 inch Walnut plywood cut into “bricks” and then glued to a piece of 3/4 inch Maple plywood core. The backside of the headboard and footboards are one piece of 1/4 inch Walnut plywood glued to the backside of the Maple core. Those panels were then slid in to the dado channels in the post, bottom and top rails.

The top caps were secured to the post and top rails using dowels. I couldn’t bring myself to putting screws and plugs in such a visible area.

The rails are made from 9/4 stock as well. On the inside of the rails I glued another piece of Walnut to support the bed rails. Here I cheated and I used screws with plugs to make sure the glue had some help.

This thing is massive and weighs a ton! Each rail weighs exactly 50 pounds a piece. Those we could put on the bathroom scale. We estimate the headboard weighs 250 pounds. We also estimate the footboard weighs 150 pounds. This bed does not move!

The matching mirror is a little over 6 foot tall and 3 foot wide. It is made from 8/4 stock. and weighs around 100 pounds.

For a finish I used a semi-gloss lacquer applied with a brush.

It was a fun project to make. It was my first project outside of a cutting board. Having to figure out all the math for width was quite the challenge. It was a never ending game of measure 2, 3, 4, 5 times and cut once. I just love how the angle of the grain of wood in the chevron pattern reflects the light. It makes rows of “bricks” look lighter and darker, but if you look at it from another angle they switch color. I’m now gathering wood for the matching dresser and nightstands.

Any feedback or advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks! ~Kevin

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Stanley Coker

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#1 posted 10-15-2016 10:22 AM

Great Job, looks like a lot of work and a lot of glue for the 1/4 in basket weave pattern, I know what you mean about measuring 2, 3, 4, 5 time before cutting. I have done that and still cut wrong. Again a great job.

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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#2 posted 10-16-2016 07:19 AM

Nice bed,i like the outcome!

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