Boat Bed for my Son

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Project by BradHess posted 1647 days ago 1656 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this bed using some mahogany that was salvaged from a job site a neighbor was working. It was a law office and the office ripped out all the built-in desks and replaced them and was just tossing the mahogany. The bed is a plywood box with two big drawers under the mattress. The headboard and bow “lock” in to the box with overlaying joints, but can be moved by picking them up, but they will not slide sideways.

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#1 posted 1647 days ago

Great Lookin Boat Bed

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#3 posted 1647 days ago

BRAD: That is a NICE piece of work!! Rick

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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#4 posted 1647 days ago

Great looking bed! You did a very nice job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 1646 days ago

Very nice job. The bedroom is well finished.

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#6 posted 1646 days ago

Excellent work! My son needs a new bed and this design is one of the finalists. Any tips or things to avoid?

-- The secret to getting ahead is getting started.

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#7 posted 1646 days ago

Love it :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#8 posted 1646 days ago

Lucky boy, really nice bed. You did well with the free mahogany.

-- Mike The Termite ~~~~~ Working safely may get old, but so do those who practice it.

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#9 posted 1646 days ago

Cory, It was actually a fairly simple project except for the bow which presented some challenges. The way the bow is built I cut the 4 curved pieces out a some 1.5 in thick wood I had and then routed a rabbet to mount the bow plates, so the lower ones (solid panel) had to be routed to match. The upper ones (slats) had to be individually cut to match the curve.

If you want I can take some more detailed pictures of the bed in detail and share them with you.

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#10 posted 1646 days ago

Lucky kid.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#11 posted 1646 days ago

Great job looks really nice.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#12 posted 1646 days ago

Oh, that is just too cute and he looks like he loves it! Wonderful design!

-- Janice

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