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Project by Chris Davis posted 1203 days ago 5535 views 10 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Murphy bed that was completed in September 2010 but some of the buildng pictures can be found in August . I call it the Smithsonian because “Smith” was the name of the customer I first designed this one for. Normally this one has a desk that folds out of the desk but this customer didn’t choose to have that option. Also they changed up the drawers onthe bottom to an all door look.

The order was originally for one bookcase. They added the second one after I was finished with it.

The sofa was designed without any arms as the customer requested and with a fabric they selected.

This one also has inset bookcases. I normally use them when the customer need the sofa and bookcases on the side. The space for the inset bookcases allow the arms to be in a dead area so that both the bed and drawers work. This one didn’t actually need them for that reason but was a nice addition.

This is the first of two beds I built for this customer. I just finished up the second one and working on a LARGE interior pocket door. This door will be 96”h x 48”w x 1 5/16” Thick. I’ll post the other projects when my posting catches up.

Video of the build:
Keeley Cut/Rip
Keeley Banding
Keeley Prep
Keeley Bookcase
wwbeds shop 08/23/10 09:23AM
Keeley face
Keeley Crown Cut
Keeley Crown Build

Building Pictures
Doors for the murphy bed face
One of the bookcases with doors
A Rosette in the murphy bed corner
Murphy bed center ready for finish

For more building pictures see my Current Projects link at wwbeds.com or poggyskids.com. See what we are doing live:

-- Watch live video from our shop. http://wwbeds.com/live.htm





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Bluepine38

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#1 posted 1203 days ago

Very interesting!! It looks great, but where does the sofa go, does it fold under the bed, and how does the
bed open? The answers might be in your video, but all I could get to play were the ads which I killed. Thanks
for sharing and getting the curiosity bump going

-- As ever, Gus-the 75 yr young apprentice carpenter

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Chris Davis

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#2 posted 1203 days ago

The sofa stays in place. The cushions are removed and the bed folds over it. Also notice I have two different sofas in the pictures. In the showroom I took a picture with one because theirs were not finished.

-- Watch live video from our shop. http://wwbeds.com/live.htm

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Chris Davis

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#3 posted 1203 days ago

The bed unlocks by lifting the legs on the two upper corners. This releases a lock. The bed is counterbalanced with pistons so you just have to slightly pull it down. BTW sorry about the ads. They drive me crazy too. It seems that my video supplier keeps adding more.

-- Watch live video from our shop. http://wwbeds.com/live.htm

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Chris Davis

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#4 posted 1203 days ago

The picture with it open you can see the sofa arms on the side.

-- Watch live video from our shop. http://wwbeds.com/live.htm

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 1203 days ago

I like it. I was wondering how the sofa played into it. Great work!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 1203 days ago

Very nice work Chris!

Lee

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ND2ELK

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#7 posted 1203 days ago

Hi Chris

I always liked this style with the sofa. Very nice work as always. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Chris Davis

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#8 posted 1202 days ago

Thanks for the comments

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dub560

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#9 posted 1198 days ago

are dowels used to connect the doors together? just wondering…

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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MikesLady

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#10 posted 915 days ago

Smithsonian Murphy bed
I Like….Like…..Like

However when the first poster asked how it worked and your reply was

“The sofa stays in place. The cushions are removed and the bed folds over it. Also notice I have two different sofas in the pictures. In the showroom I took a picture with one because theirs were not finished”

—Watch live video from our shop. http://wwbeds.com/live.htm

1500 + videos to scroll though to find how this one works…..boooo !!!

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