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Project by Andy Brownell posted 02-22-2010 03:58 AM 2930 views 11 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first of two beds I’m making for my kids. This one is a full size for my son (5).
The bed is solid walnut and has somewhere around 40 mortise and tenon joints.
The design is part chinese influence, part art deco, and all Thomas Moser.
I converted a king size picture of one of his New Century China Beds down to a kids size.

Posts are 12/4, rails are 8/4, and then graduating sizes down from that.
This was a real challenge, but incredibly satisfying. I think the next one is going to be just as tough.
My son show in the last picture enjoying his first night in the bed that should last well into his grand children.

-- Andy Brownell





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#1 posted 02-22-2010 04:02 AM

Nice design.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 02-22-2010 04:06 AM

You did a terrific job on it. It is a great design. How long did you take to make it? And how did you cut all those mortises?

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#3 posted 02-22-2010 04:55 AM

really nice work. glad to know i’m not the only one drooling over the thos moser catalog!

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#4 posted 02-22-2010 05:35 AM

Nice design, looks really solid.

-- --RoB, Florida

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#5 posted 02-22-2010 02:10 PM

Andy, this is a really nice looking bed and the walnut is gorgeous. You executed an interesting design on the bed. It looks to be solid and well built and I am sure the thrill of cutting all those m&t joints wore off well before you got to the last one. :)

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

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#6 posted 02-22-2010 04:10 PM

First of all, this is absolutely beautiful and the workmanship is great.

I am struck by the similarities between this bed and this one by Matthew Stark
http://www.finewoodworking.com/Gallery/GalleryImage.aspx?id=27538

As an FYI, I am about to build my version of this Matthew Stark bed. I just ordered the maple and I already have the bubinga. However, I am thinking of not using the bubinga and using walnut or cherry instead. The bubinga is beautiful but my theory is that a piece of furniture should only have one “star” and the quilted maple will be the “star” of this piece. The walnut or cherry will play a supporting role. The bubinga would be fighting for star status with the maple. I’ll let it be a star of it’s own piece of furniture.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#7 posted 02-22-2010 06:33 PM

You don’t need me to tell you that you did very good. What I think is great is the tradition you have started with your son. I don’t have anything that I remember as always having.

-- in the confusion, I mighta grabbed the gold ...

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#8 posted 02-23-2010 05:10 AM

Great Lookin Bed

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#9 posted 07-27-2011 06:23 PM

Nice looking bed

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