Arts and Crafts Bed

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Project by bobthebuilderinmichigan posted 03-22-2011 05:46 PM 6266 views 25 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my most recent project that I have made out of white ash. The plan came from Woodsmith Magazine and the only changes were to eliminate the cove edging on the headboard and footboard sub-cap and to replace a 1/4” roundover of the top plates with a light sanding/softening of the edges with my palm sander. I built the full size version since it replaces the full size bed in our guest room and I didn’t want to have to buy a new box springs and mattress set. I finished it with two coats of Minwax “Cherry” stain and two coats of Minwax Satin Polyurethane finish.

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#1 posted 03-22-2011 05:53 PM

very nice, my next project is building something similar!

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#2 posted 03-22-2011 05:55 PM

Beautiful. The grain pattern on the headboard piece was a great selection, very nicely done.

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#3 posted 03-22-2011 05:57 PM

Looks solid!

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#4 posted 03-22-2011 06:18 PM

Beautiful bed.

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#5 posted 03-22-2011 07:03 PM

Wow… stunning bed!

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#6 posted 03-22-2011 07:10 PM

Great job on this project!

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#7 posted 03-22-2011 08:14 PM

Love the pattern on the headboard. Beautiful work…

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#8 posted 03-22-2011 08:42 PM

Very nice!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#9 posted 03-22-2011 09:13 PM

Great Job! Did you cut all the mortises by hald, or did you bite the bullet and get a mortising machine?

-- -Gerry, Hereford, AZ ” A really good woodworker knows how the hide his / her mistakes.”

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#10 posted 03-23-2011 12:10 AM

Gerry, I did use a mortising machine for the mortises on the posts, however the mortises for the slats were made by routing a 2” wide dados on matching pieces of wood and then glueing them together to form the “mortise”. Even so, it was time comsuming!

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#11 posted 03-23-2011 01:29 AM

WOW! Nice job. I have made a couple of similar beds so understand the work that went into your project.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#12 posted 03-23-2011 11:30 AM

Very nice! Nice and comfy!

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

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#13 posted 03-23-2011 01:24 PM

Beautiful!! Make mine a kingsize please.

-- ♫♪♪♫♫ Saddletramp, saddletramp, I'm as free as the breeze and I ride where I please, saddletramp ♪♪♪♫♪ ...... Bob W....NW Michigan (Traverse City area)

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#14 posted 03-23-2011 02:51 PM

Good job, and great looking bed. Which volume and what number was the plan in? I have one to make myself and I like yours better that the mission plan I have.

-- Earth first, we'll drill the rest of the planets later. Vern

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#15 posted 03-27-2011 03:49 PM

Gorgeous…very nice selection of wood and placement. Just gorgeous!

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