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Rope Bed 1/4 scale

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Project by redtail posted 07-16-2018 02:56 PM 636 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This a 1/4 scale rope bed model. I was asked by the John Alden House Museum in Duxbury Mass. to create a model rope bed so that they could have a hands on piece that children could play with see how a rope bed works.

I made a prototype out of pine and then this final version made from maple with a tiger maple headboard.

The model is a close replica of a rope bed in the Alden House. I tried to match the joinery. There is no glue involved as one of the features of a rope bed is that it is easy to knock down and transport. The rope web keeps the frame joints tight.

I also made two sets of bed key and pin which are used to tighten the rope.

This is where the term “Sleep Tight” comes from.





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tfiner

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#1 posted 07-16-2018 03:59 PM

Wow, very interesting. I like the joinery too, what kind of joint is that? How did the pin hold the tightened rope?

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helluvawreck

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#2 posted 07-16-2018 04:50 PM

That is a very creative bed prototype. Nice work!

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

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#3 posted 07-16-2018 04:56 PM

Interesting, I never would have guessed they had such complicated joinery. but makes sense given the cost/availability of hardware, the knockdown nature of the bed, and the stresses they would have had to endure. If I were at a museum I’d spent a lot of time studying and enjoying this exhibit.

-- Ted

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redtail

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#4 posted 07-16-2018 06:00 PM



Wow, very interesting. I like the joinery too, what kind of joint is that? How did the pin hold the tightened rope?

- tfiner

Here is a video that shows how to string and tighten a rope bed using a model similar to this one.

Rope Bed Stringing & Tightening

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therealSteveN

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#5 posted 07-16-2018 10:15 PM

Awesome bed model. That Fiddleback is insane, and the joinery is the real deal. Very nice work.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

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Ray Friddle

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#6 posted 07-16-2018 10:24 PM

Wow. Those joints are awesome!

-- Ray

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woodbutcherbynight

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#7 posted 07-17-2018 12:53 AM

Interesting piece. Never knew that is where sleep tight came from. Very cool!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

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FLBert

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#8 posted 07-17-2018 12:16 PM

Looks great! Love the joinery.

-- Bert, Lake City, FL

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Mas

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#9 posted 07-30-2018 10:10 PM

I would have had to make several bed frame pieces to get all those joints to fit correctly.
You did a great job.

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