a walnut slab bed

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Project by dan mosheim posted 03-27-2011 11:29 PM 4219 views 26 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

we finished a neat bed friday. the clients sent us an inspiration photo and we made a couple of photoshpped mockups for them to consider. we had a couple of bookmatched american walnut slabs on hand that fit the bill and off we went .. the slabs are connected on the back side with 1×2 rectangular steel tubing and will be hing on the wall with a pair of french cleats. the drawer boxes are bolted through the headboard with 3 5/1ths bolts per box and are surprisingly rigid … the holes in the platform are for ventilation as the mattress will rest directly on the ply frame and the bed will be in a town in coastal florida … the finish is brushed on minwax poly … a fun project and i could see doing more of these in the future. in fact, i have a 50” x 9’ slab of claro walnut or a pair of bookmatched 20” walnut boards just waiting for the right client. there are more photos and process descriptions on my dorset custom furniture blog.

-- dan,vermont,

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#1 posted 03-27-2011 11:46 PM

really cool. I follow your blog and love most everything you guys put out.

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#2 posted 03-27-2011 11:50 PM

Hey Dan, this is excellent!
The inlays look to be functional – do they go all the way through?

-- Blinded by brilliance

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#3 posted 03-27-2011 11:50 PM

Very nice. I love the slab style. Getting ready to make some Nakashima inspired slab tables in the next few weeks myself.
The design and construction on the bed is awesome. Thanks for posting.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#4 posted 03-28-2011 12:15 AM

Another awesome one!! You seem to be living a woodworker’s dream ;-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 03-28-2011 12:26 AM

That’s a very nice use of a great slab!!

-- Wooster, Ohio

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#6 posted 03-28-2011 12:40 AM

i just love the wallnut wood…

-- I like the precise work...

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#7 posted 03-28-2011 12:43 AM

pretty awesome dude!!!!!!

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#8 posted 03-28-2011 12:56 AM


-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#9 posted 03-28-2011 02:29 AM

Dan, I really take my hat off to you on this one. Great design and execution on this project. This should satisfy the clients walnut fix. Again, totally cool.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#10 posted 03-28-2011 02:47 AM

Looks awesome, I was also wondering how deep the butterflies are? Love your shop!

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#11 posted 03-28-2011 04:17 AM

Another really cool project Dan. Neat slab of walnut.

-- "If you think you can do a thing or think you can't do a thing, you're right". Henry Ford

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#12 posted 03-28-2011 05:32 AM

It looks very nice. May I ask why you chose to use plywood with holes for the mattress to rest on instead of slats like what is used for most beds? Is there a particular benefit or anything? Thanks

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#13 posted 03-28-2011 06:54 AM

Another great project.
I believe your shop motto should be, “GO BIG OR GO HOME”
You pulled off another stunning beauty.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#14 posted 03-28-2011 01:17 PM

good morning … thank you all for your comments … regarding the butterflies, they start off about 5/8ths” thick and then they are inlaid and flushed off … the plywood is fast, (it’s cut on our cnc) and cheap and in this case it allowed us to have recessed ‘skids’ which are set back from the edges and out of sight. there is no box spring in this case and the mattress will need more support than slats can provide. it will also make the mattress appear to ‘float’ ... all for now .. thanks again … dan

-- dan,vermont,

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#15 posted 03-30-2011 09:09 AM

Just awsome.WOW, it’s huge and massive

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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