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Project by BB1 posted 10-12-2018 06:12 PM 604 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This murphy bed was a MUCH bigger project than I had anticipate.  Back in December 2017, the Create-A-Bed mechanism was on sale.  My husband and I decided that we would give it a try (I was just getting over the flu so I think my defenses were down!!).  I was still dealing with a broken bone in my foot and wearing a walking boot so we didn’t get started until our Spring Break vacation.  I spent over a day just cutting the plywood and oak to size.  Originally, we were going to make some book shelves to the sides but later decided to go with the cabinets.  The building process stretched over the spring as limited time on the weekends makes for slow progress.  Called Create-A-Bed a couple of times with questions and they were very helpful. To dress up the front, I added oak strips. Ended up doing the final finish and part assembly in our living room (!!) as didn’t have the space in my workshop.

Later we had to carry the large parts back outside the house and around the back to a doorway into our sunroom (final location).  The front frame which holds the mattress was HEAVY but managed to hold my end and get it in the sunroom.  More assembly and then secured to the wall.  Since the pillows don’t fit in the closed upright position, the need for the two side cabinets became clear.  I designed them to hold a number of pillows plus blankets.  The top has an oak “rim” so items placed on top will be less likely to roll off.  Our air vents are in the wall so needed to elevate the cabinets – thus the base with long legs beneath each cabinet. 

The cabinets were completed last week.  Definitely a big project and not one I would want to do over!!  Oak plywood and wood, pecan color water-based stain and High Performance from General Finishes.  





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ralbuck

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#1 posted 10-12-2018 06:18 PM

Looks great!

Even seems to be shepherd approved too.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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BB1

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#2 posted 10-12-2018 06:28 PM

Thanks!


Looks great!

Even seems to be shepherd approved too.

- ralbuck

Always have some K9 helpers to keep me on track.

My nearly 12 year old who loves to snooze on her blanket under a table in the shop while I work

And our 2 year old…always wondering what’s going to happen next

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 10-12-2018 07:44 PM

Nice work on the bed, Barbara. Does is have gas springs or coil spring for counter weighting?
Also, is there are an arm that flips over the bottom of the bed to support it on that end when it is out?

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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BB1

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#4 posted 10-12-2018 07:53 PM

Thanks!


Nice work on the bed, Barbara. Does is have gas springs or coil spring for counter weighting?
Also, is there are an arm that flips over the bottom of the bed to support it on that end when it is out?

Cheers, Jim

- Jim Jakosh

Gas springs which work great

And we used an oak bar with the provided metal legs

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