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A Bed for my Son

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Project by Matt Cremona posted 05-01-2017 09:02 PM 1164 views 4 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My son, JR, is currently in a crib and last December my son Max was born. Max is going to be needing to move from his bassinet to a crib soon and I really didn’t want to build another crib so I built this bed for JR. The head and foot board are made from a pair of bookmatched walnut slabs; the posts are silver maple; and the mattress supports are ash. I cut the walnut and silver maple with my chainsaw mill and the ash was cut at my friends place with his swing blade mill. This was a bit of an experimentation project for me and I didn’t quite know exactly how it was going to look when I started.

The walnut panels are joined at a 5 degree angle and the walnut is angled back from the posts another 5 degrees. I used a pair of sequential crotch slabs for the rails. I decided to leave the bottom edge of the rails with a live edge and leave the curve of the crotch along the bottom so where it meets the posts, it almost looks like the rail is braced. On the live edges, I left the inner bark which makes for a much more interesting edge. I spent a lot of time debating with myself on the height of the posts. I’m really happy with the height I went with. I think it makes the posts take a needed backseat to the walnut. I also like how there is a play on asymmetry and symmetry within the panels. The bookmatch suggest symmetry but only having the live edge on the top makes it asymmetrical.

This is my first piece of furniture that incorporates a live edge and my first time making a bed that’s not for a baby. This project has been a great learning experience for me in design.
I have a few videos on the build on my YouTube channel if you’re interested in that: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL0dX5redvVZTGZ7fJTpGspwqwpFsfoDg5
And a few more pictures on my website: http://www.mattcremona.com/portfolio_page/jrs-bed

-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com





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PPK

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#1 posted 05-01-2017 09:26 PM

Although I’m not particularly fond of the live edge “movement” :-).... you have done a fantastic job on this. Your skill is very apparent. I agree with you, the proportions are just right. I also think that the way you “bulged” the legs really compliments the live edge look. I’m sure there’s a more technical term for a “buldged” leg…

-- Pete

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#2 posted 05-01-2017 10:46 PM

sERIOUSLY COOL! love how the sapwood matches the legs. seriously fits!

-- James Wright, Rockford IL, https://www.youtube.com/c/WoodWright

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#3 posted 05-01-2017 10:47 PM

i happen to love the live edge look myself so this is right up my alley.the only thing i would have done differently is make the foot board shorter just looms as a wall,too tall imho,but thats just my preference.overall a beautiful job.

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

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#4 posted 05-01-2017 11:44 PM

Love it Guy

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#5 posted 05-02-2017 12:10 AM

followed this on instagram too – a really cool piece

having a 2yr old with another on the way I may be in a similar position next spring….. the gears are moving

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#6 posted 05-02-2017 04:44 AM

Thank you Pete! I think bulged is a good term for it.


Although I m not particularly fond of the live edge “movement” :-).... you have done a fantastic job on this. Your skill is very apparent. I agree with you, the proportions are just right. I also think that the way you “bulged” the legs really compliments the live edge look. I m sure there s a more technical term for a “buldged” leg…

- PPK


-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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Matt Cremona

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#7 posted 05-02-2017 04:44 AM

Thank you James!


sERIOUSLY COOL! love how the sapwood matches the legs. seriously fits!

- James Wright


-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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Matt Cremona

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#8 posted 05-02-2017 04:50 AM

Thanks! Might be that the headboard is too short. The overall height on the footboard is lower than most but the overall look lends itself more to the sleigh style beds.


i happen to love the live edge look myself so this is right up my alley.the only thing i would have done differently is make the foot board shorter just looms as a wall,too tall imho,but thats just my preference.overall a beautiful job.

- pottz


-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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Matt Cremona

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#9 posted 05-02-2017 04:50 AM

Thanks!


Love it Guy

- dannmarks


-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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Matt Cremona

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#10 posted 05-02-2017 04:50 AM

Thanks! Hope those gears come up with something great :)


followed this on instagram too – a really cool piece

having a 2yr old with another on the way I may be in a similar position next spring….. the gears are moving

- avsmusic1


-- Matt Cremona | Minneapolis, MN | http://mattcremona.com

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#11 posted 05-02-2017 10:37 AM

It turned out great Matt, loved watching the process on U-tube also.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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#12 posted 05-02-2017 10:47 AM

absolutely stunning, a beautiful example of fine imaginative craftsmanship
my ONLY thought is that the footboard could have stopped just a few inches above the legs

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#13 posted 05-02-2017 11:49 AM

This is a beautiful bed. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- 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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#14 posted 05-02-2017 12:43 PM

Absolutely beautiful work!

-- - Gary, Sachse, Texas

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#15 posted 05-02-2017 03:16 PM

Beautiful!
I love the shape of the legs and the angles of the end slabs.

-- Jason

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