Greene and Greene bed

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Project by Steamdonkey posted 01-20-2008 03:00 AM 7502 views 22 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this walnut bed as a wedding gift for a couple of friends. Since they live out in Oregon and I’m here in Kansas City I had to ship it freight. Boxing it up took some planning and the cost for the shipping ended up running about $250, but it was worth it.

The project itself took about a month’s worth of weekends, and a few evenings applying the 6 coats of oil/varnish. The wood is all local air dried black walnut. For the posts I had some 16 qtr that I milled down to 3 1/2 substantial inches. The head and foot boards have nice wide book matched crotch pieces that I resawed from some 5/4 stock. Mortise and tenons with bead bolts hold the rails in place.

In the end I was pleased with the way this project turned out, and before I shipped it out all I could think about was how much I liked the design over my own bed. I have some ideas to expand on this basic design and may have to make another ;-).

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#1 posted 01-20-2008 03:35 AM

Now that’s nice!

I also like the view of all your wood in the background!


-- Paul, Texas

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#2 posted 01-20-2008 03:47 AM

very nice

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#3 posted 01-20-2008 03:53 AM

Very nice! Great execution.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 01-20-2008 05:07 AM

great looking walnut ! terrific design and workmanship

welcome to lj’s !

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

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#5 posted 01-20-2008 05:15 AM

Excellent job. I love the Greene & Greene style. That walnut is beautiful as well.

-- Peace in Wood ~

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#6 posted 01-20-2008 05:44 AM

That’s super! Just beautiful!

Out of curiosity, what type of oil/varnish did you use?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#7 posted 01-20-2008 06:00 AM

Great looking bed Nice job on it. Nice resaw also.

-- 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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#8 posted 01-20-2008 06:23 AM

The price of friendship is priceless and so is your craftmenship…well done Blkcherry

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#9 posted 01-20-2008 10:14 AM

I really like the design and execution of your bed project – it looks great. I sure hope your friends were happy with it.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 01-20-2008 02:44 PM

That is one fine looking bed. Nice job.

-- Chelle

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#11 posted 01-20-2008 04:57 PM

ooooh it is so “soft” looking (nice and relaxing for sleep) .. love the design .. Nice

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#12 posted 01-21-2008 02:11 AM

Dorje, I have pretty much exclusively been using General Finishes oil/varnishes for about the last ten years. Usually I put down 3 coats of the seal-a-cell and then 2-3 coats of the arm-r-seal. The only downside I have found is the time it takes to build a finish from the thin layers. I have been burned by other finishes, but never these from General. I buy the stuff by the gallon at woodcraft apply with a China bristle brush and wipe the excess off with a shop rag. wait 24 hours sand lightly and repeat until the finish is uniform.

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#13 posted 01-21-2008 06:12 AM

Thanks for the info – I’m currently using the Tried and True Oil Varnish on a bed…surely does take time to build…I’ll have to give the General products a shot at some point. I hear good things about them. In your opinion, how important is the use of the sealer?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#14 posted 01-21-2008 06:37 AM

The seal-a-cell is thiner and penetraits the wood more than the arm-r-seal. I don’t think it has the varnish content or solids. I have gone without before, but the finish seems a little more superficial.

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#15 posted 01-21-2008 11:25 AM

Great looking bed. I can tell you make a good friend, too.

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