Burnt Oak Bed Frame

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Project by Mike Merzke posted 01-12-2017 02:19 AM 1450 views 17 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a king sized bed frame that I designed in SketchUp and made with an Oak frame and Sapele panels. There is drawers for storage underneath the mattress and at the head of the bed in place of a drawer I left it open as a cubby. This easily accessible storage has an LED light and outlet with USB charging ports. The Oak was finished by using the Japanese finishing technique of Shou Sugi Ban. This is where the wood is burnt and then a oil finish is applied. The panels are made up of 1/4 inch Sapele in a herringbone pattern on a 1/2 inch plywood backer.

-- Mike Merzke,

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#1 posted 01-12-2017 05:53 AM

That is a beautiful project, from design inception to completion. Truly a wonderful project with great results.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn :)

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#2 posted 01-12-2017 01:52 PM

Beautiful and very attractive design. The deep dark color against the Sapele goes so well together. Eye popping beautiful work!
Thanks for sharing!
PS…. checked out your web page and YouTube videos. Awesome work!
Thank you for your service to our country!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#3 posted 01-12-2017 01:59 PM

Wow! This is a beautiful bed and very creative.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#4 posted 01-12-2017 03:00 PM

Great work Mike… Very cool look! Thanks for sharing and all the best on your future transition from the Army… All The Way…

-- Dan

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#5 posted 01-12-2017 03:23 PM

love your design on this bed mike,nice contrasts.ive read about that burning technique and have got to try it,very unique finish.great job.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#6 posted 01-12-2017 03:31 PM

Wow, absolut amazing. Love it!

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#7 posted 01-12-2017 03:36 PM

beautiful great looking bed

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#8 posted 01-12-2017 04:35 PM

Beautiful design and execution. Oak looks very textured. How did you build the drawer section to support the mattress?

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#9 posted 01-12-2017 04:48 PM

What an awesome design! I might have to borrow some of these elements.

-- Derek, PNW,

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#10 posted 01-12-2017 05:05 PM

There are two large boxes made out of 3/4 plywood on either side of the bed that are divided into the three sections for the drawers and cubby. I think put on a oak faceframe and flush mounted the drawers.

-- Mike Merzke,

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#11 posted 01-12-2017 05:17 PM

The burnt texture of Shou Sugi Ban is very interesting. Thanks for sharing this. Every once in a while something shows up on LJs that opens the door to new ideas – this is one of those posts! I’m going to have to play with this…

Thanks again!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#12 posted 01-12-2017 05:36 PM

Would you be willing to share the sketchup? The overall design is exactly what I would like to do, but have difficulties with sketchup

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#13 posted 01-12-2017 07:29 PM

Awesome design and burn finish technic – I will have to look closely this Japanese burning technic. I like that flooring pattern.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 01-12-2017 08:54 PM

What’s the procedure on assembly & finishing? Do you burn the wood, cut the tenons, assemble, then oil?

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#15 posted 01-12-2017 09:59 PM

would you be willing to share your sketchup file for the bed Mike? I’ve been trying to design something similar, but have not been happy with my mounting and connecting for the drawer boxes. would be interested in seeing someone else’s workaround for this size and style bed frame

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