Maple Trundell Day Bed

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Project by TIS posted 04-05-2011 05:34 AM 2591 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Guess you can say at this point this is my finished project! Haven’t decided on what kind of finish yet. This is my first crack at a bed for my little daughter. It’s made from reclaimed rock maple that I acquired from a High School Media center that was being demolished…right place at the right time I guess.

Didn’t really have a plan when I started, as a matter a fact I had no plan!!! just a matress size and a little girl that wouldn’t stop bothering me until I started it. Winged the whole thing but I think it came out pretty good. Did take a little bit longer with no set plan from the beggining.

The entire bed breaks down into 4 pieces. otherwise it wasn’t fitting through the front door. All fasteners are hidden on the inside of bed so it gives it a nice clean look.

Just one thing holding me back from finishing it!!!! The finish….Any suggestions on a finish would be appreciated? Stained – Natural? Just can’t seem to decide. Not sure what will bring out it’s natural beauty the best.

I’ll update the photos as soon as it is completed!!!!!!

Amazing projects on here! LJ has countless number of talented people…glad to be a part of it now!!!!!

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#1 posted 04-05-2011 08:47 AM

Very well done!

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#2 posted 04-05-2011 09:55 AM

Great design and craftsmanship, well done!
Going to have one very happy young Lady.
As for finish my vote goes for Danish Oil.

-- Stephen, Perth Western Australia, My inspiration – the Carpenter from Nazareth!

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#3 posted 04-05-2011 10:12 AM

Nice neat job….well done.

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#4 posted 04-05-2011 12:58 PM

great looking bed, do you mind giving more detail on how it breaks down?

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#5 posted 04-05-2011 02:13 PM

Looks great! My only suggestion for finish is not too dark. I am almost finished with some bathroom cabinets that I started in maple and had to switch to walnut. My wife wanted it stained very dark (dark walnut) and no matter what I did, I couldn’t get it to not be blotchy. Lighter colors were OK, but not dark. Are there any rollers or other hardware for the trundle?

-- - Kevin from Cincinnati. All my work is guaranteed: Three minutes or three feet; whichever comes first.

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#6 posted 04-05-2011 04:01 PM

WOW!! Great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#7 posted 04-05-2011 04:37 PM

Any father that can be bothered by a daughter into making such a wonderful bed has to be pretty good.
Very nice looking bed. For the finish, I would first check with the wee female, and see if and what type she
would like. With all those pieces and sizes to be covered, I hope you have a spray gun and some experience
with it if you go with a polyurethane finish. A wipe on oil finish would be easier, but I have never tried it on
a larger project like this. Good luck on the finishing, and I am sure a certain someone is patiently (LOL)
waiting to use the bed. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#8 posted 04-05-2011 04:57 PM

There are fixed rubber wheels under the trundell part. It’s going on a hardwood floor so should ride pretty smooth. As for the break down. 2 sides, the matress frame and the back. It’s screwed together with stainless screws from the inside of the box frame to the sides and from behind for the back rail. Once the matress is in and pushed against the wall the screws are hidden. Even broken down this sucker is still pretty heavy.

Definetly going to shoot the finish if thats they way I go. I am an artist and signmaker by trade so I have a 10’x15’ down draft spray booth in my garage. Not looking forward to the finishing now that it is assembled. Should of finished most of it before assembly! Lesson Learned, appearently the hard way!!!!! LOL

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#9 posted 04-05-2011 05:02 PM

First time ? Great job :)

-- Proverbs Ch:3 vs 5,6,7 Trust in the lord with all thine heart and lean not unto your own understanding but in all your ways aknowledge him and he shall direct your path

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#10 posted 04-05-2011 05:10 PM

Very nice bed. I have done one for my daughter as well. I used Shellac for the finish. It is commonly used on kids toys and is practically etable when cured. Also dries very quickly so you could practically put it her room hours after finishing. Lots of other finishes will off gas and leave an odor for weeks.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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Kent Shepherd

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#11 posted 04-05-2011 11:11 PM

Very nice job on the bed.
I’m sure your daughter will love it.

By the way—-Welcome


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#12 posted 04-06-2011 12:37 AM

I love your design TIS especially all the interesting details. The craftsmanship also looks first class. I’m looking forward to seeing it with a finish. Welcome to LJ.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 04-06-2011 01:48 AM

Wow awesome job on your daughters bed. Its just beautiful.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#14 posted 04-06-2011 03:57 AM

That sure is one awesome bed. I love all the curves and spindles/stiles/slats? It has a nice delicate look. I agree with those that said clear finish like shellac or oil. Please post a pic when that’s done.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#15 posted 04-08-2011 12:51 AM

Awesome bed. I am impressed with the curves and the attention to details! I am thinking about building a window bench, and may borrow some ideas from this.

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