Mahogany Murphy bed | Custom

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Project by Chris Davis posted 01-25-2011 05:03 PM 4788 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is by far my most elaborate murphy bed to date. There were a lot of add ons to this one. Actually there wasn’t one there was two. This was a bed and breakfast that ordered two of them. We started with my Excalibur murphy bed with has a raised panel front, fluting down the sides and rosettes in the corners. The customer wanted a thicker look on the vertical of both the bookcase and murphy bed, so I double them up to 1 1/2” and put a chamber on the outside edge.
Add doors to the bookcase and made them extra deep for hanging clothes. I also added adjustable shelves because they will be used for dual purposes. They are going in a bed and breakfast in Mt. Pleasant South Carolina. When it is not a bedroom it can be used as a special occasion room. The bookcases will hold serving items. The drawers were raised panel with dove tailed drawer boxes.

One of the biggest additions, was instead of seeing the wall behind the headboard, I added raised panels back there. This was the first time I did this and it turned out great. I also did the headboard in a raised panel.

The last thing. The customer wanted some feet to make them look more as if they were fixed beds. When the bed is down, it will usually stay down until needed for the special occasions. I added some square feet with matching base molding. I designed it in a way that will attach to the leg and wont slide around.

The wood was Mahogany and the finish was a multi step finish. The customer wanted an aged look to them. I dyed the wood first with a brown dye. I stained them with “Dark Walnut form Minwax”. I sealed the stain in with a sanding sealer. Then I glazed it with an Ebony stain, leaving it darker on edges and in cracks. I even left it heavy on the first few inches of panels. After the glazed dried I sealed it in with another sealer coat and then two more coats of pre-cat lacquer.

Finish was awesome! The Customer even called me about it after he received it to tell me how much he loved it. The finish wasn’t the originally selected color. I changed the finish 5 minuets before I was to start the finish process. I already had approval on the finish by samples mailed out. I called the customer and asked him to trust me and that I was changing it up. Just glad it worked out.

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#1 posted 01-25-2011 06:28 PM

Hi Chris

Nice looking bed as always. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#2 posted 01-25-2011 07:33 PM

Your beds are always great, but this one takes the cake for sure!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 01-25-2011 07:40 PM

Thanks Tom and Charlie.

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#4 posted 01-25-2011 09:16 PM

That is beautiful….it is a great piece.

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#5 posted 01-25-2011 11:29 PM

Sweet looking bed! nice job!

-- Tim, Myrtle Beach, Just one more tool, that's all I need! :)

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#6 posted 01-25-2011 11:32 PM

Living the dream! Nice work.

-- GX

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#7 posted 01-25-2011 11:34 PM

Thanks Tim and Gabriel.

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