King Size Bed

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Project by Muzhik posted 12-14-2007 12:17 AM 4569 views 24 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, I finally finished it, got the mattress delivered today and got the nerve to move it up to my bedroom (see story here ). I started a blog on this project, but never went very far with it. It seems there was a mutual loss of interest in keeping it going. It is just a bed, after all. I’ll probably add another entry or two soon to highlight the jointery and hardware I used that may make this bed a little unique (false thru tenons with magnets on them, for example, to hold them to the steel plates I used to join the bed rails).

The woods I used are Black Walnut, curly maple, purpleheart, and curly koa veneer with curly etimoe as a “backer veneer”. Had I known how beautiful that etimoe would turn out, I may have altered my design somewhat to make the headboard and footboard ‘reversable.’ It is all built from my own design and it’s my first bed. I was relieved when I dropped the box springs in tonight and found out once and for all that they fit!

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#1 posted 12-14-2007 12:24 AM

Doesn’t it look better here than in the workshop.

Great job.

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

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#2 posted 12-14-2007 12:27 AM

Somebody is going to sleep satisfied tonight. Beautiful bed.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#3 posted 12-14-2007 12:43 AM

”It is just a bed, after all”

I think it is more than that. It looks to me to be a very nice bed with great looking woods that were used in its construction. I really like it. Great job.

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#4 posted 12-14-2007 12:59 AM

Magnificent! Definitely not “just a bed” as you say… I really need to do a project that helps me learn how to use veneer. Maybe the tool cabinet I am about to build would be a good one.

-- Sgt_Lobo -- Aurora, CO

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#5 posted 12-14-2007 01:03 AM

what do you mean mutual loss of interest???

oh… we let you down :(
Looking back, your blog is/was awesome. I hope the past doesn’t deter you from blogging in the future.

“just” a bed? No such thing. There’s no “Just a” anything here!!

The bed is stunning.. Absolutely stunning

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 12-14-2007 02:44 AM

its just an awsome bed . that footboard is just stunning ! great design , great craftsmanship , great wood . my hats off to ya (hair and all ) lol

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#7 posted 12-14-2007 03:18 AM

THat is awesome!!! Great job.

-- Woodworking is Life. Anything before or after is just waiting.--S. McQueen sort of

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#8 posted 12-14-2007 04:18 AM

outstanding !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#9 posted 12-14-2007 04:19 AM

this is a beautiful bed. I love the custom design, like others have said it’s far from “just a Bed”. My only critique would be that I think the Purpleheart distracts from the overall bed. But that’s just my opinion. This bed look just oh so commfy.

-- Kaleo ,

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#10 posted 12-14-2007 04:20 AM

Very nice design and great contrast of woods. How did you sleep?

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#11 posted 12-14-2007 05:32 AM

Ja! Das ist ein gut workbench. Did I just say that? Very impressive. Looks much better in the bedroom.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#12 posted 12-14-2007 05:52 AM

Man…that is one sweet bed! I like the look you captured with it.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#13 posted 12-14-2007 05:59 AM

Unreal….I can’t imagine that you actually considered leaving it in the shop. That is really beautiful.


-- Adrian ..... The 11th Commandment...."Thou Shalt Not Buy A Wobble Dado"

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#14 posted 12-14-2007 06:39 AM

It looks great, and the thru tenon accent is wonderful. I am noting this in my ” why didn’t I think of that” folder. You deserve a day off, and then you can get started on the lamps.

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#15 posted 12-14-2007 06:41 AM

Great job. I really like to way you blended different woods. You do great work.

-- Scott, Kentucky ----- "Let us so live that when we come to die even the undertaker will be sorry" Mark Twain

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