Oak and Walnut Queen Size Bed

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Project by Dusty posted 11-18-2007 05:20 PM 2873 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Many of you followed my blog “This Old Crack House” and know for the most part it is furnished with Mission and Arts and Crafts Style furniture.

Although these styles are my personal favorites , I have ,and do build several other furniture styles.

I thought I would share a few of the pieces I have built and have in various rooms in “This Old Crack House”.

This piece is in one of the spare guest bedrooms.

The head and foot board posts are solid oak and are 4×4 with walnut inlays.

This walnut and oak bed was designed and built by me using only mortise and tenon joints. I also used wood plugs and other “old craft” methods to construct the bed. The wood dowels are drilled threw the mortises and sanded flat.

This piece is a third generation piece. In other words it is the third one I built improving the design along the way each time.

I also have built matching nightstands and armoire to go with the bed.

The finish is natural.

The piece is a large bold piece but breaks down easily in four pieces so it can be moved with little or no problem.

-- Dusty

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#1 posted 11-18-2007 05:36 PM

Very nice Dusty. I like the colors of this bed.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#2 posted 11-18-2007 05:38 PM

Yeah, me too. Looks real warm and inviting.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#3 posted 11-18-2007 09:15 PM

Very precise looking work!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#4 posted 11-19-2007 12:57 AM

Beautiful piece of woodworking as always Dusty. You are amazing. Great design, great wood and great craftsmanship. Just great, great, great.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#5 posted 11-19-2007 01:34 AM

Thanks guys.

This bed has the look and feel of a very solid piece of furniture. I agree with your when you say it is very warm feeling.

I did encounter several design challenges when building this piece. Hence the reason for ” third generation” design with building three of them

Here is the first one :

This is the second one.

close up of the foot board of the second one

As you can see I changed the design most notably by adding a center post in both the head and foot board.

Because of the weight of the over size 6 quarter plus walnut and oak that was mortise and tenon I was finding it not only bind but tended to sage and I was worried over time this would be totally inadequate.

I also changed the heights of both the head and foot boards. The first one the foot board when both a box spring and mattress was placed on the frame it came level to the top of the foot board and didn’t look balanced.

In the case of the head board you could see day light or a wall and that didn’t have the appearance I wanted either.

The biggest change from the first to the third bed was I used mortise and tenon rather than tounge and grove for the “vertical slats”.

This solved a host of other problems.

I also was able to build a much stronger bed by extending the tenons of the side boards into the 4×4 solid oak with walnut inlay bed posts.

An interesting side note to this is I gave the first bed to a friend for helping me various times in my shop and because he had fallen on hard times and couldn’t afford a bed at the time. To this day that bed is his favorite piece and still functioning with out a problem regarding what I was concerned about happening.

The second bed I sold to another buddy for only the cost of material and to this day is in use and is fully functional. His wife claims she will get rid of my buddy ( her husband) before she parts with this bed.

-- Dusty

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#6 posted 11-19-2007 05:48 AM

Very nice looking bed. It certainly looks sturdy.

-- Chelle

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#7 posted 11-19-2007 06:18 AM

Good solid woodworking!

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#8 posted 11-19-2007 07:20 AM

Your work is incredible Dusty – thanks for sharing the work and story.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#9 posted 11-19-2007 10:25 PM

Beaut color contrast Dusty, great piece of furniture.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 11-21-2007 05:38 PM


Thanks for the comment.

I admit this is one of my favorite pieces that I have designed and built in my collection. The bed has the feel a bold strong piece.

It really should be in an larger room , but I have other period pieces reserved for those.

Ii guess I will just have to add on to “This Old Crack House”, I guess.


-- Dusty

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#11 posted 11-27-2007 11:01 PM

Very nice! Dying to see more This Old Mold House too!

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#12 posted 11-28-2007 03:44 AM


Thank you. I hope to have the next chapter of “This Old Mold house” posted by or some time this weekend.

-- Dusty

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