Ebony Hudson Bay Murphy bed | Custom

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Project by Chris Davis posted 04-16-2011 01:57 PM 4277 views 5 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first time I’ve used the Minwax Ebony stain by itself. I’ve used it in combination with a dye to achieve my cappuccino finish, but never alone and on oak. This bed was built in February 2011. It is a version called the Hudson Bay Murphy bed. It is the standard Alpine version with some added moldings added to the face. This is that free add-on plans that I send with my do-it-yourself murphy bed kit.

This one I also added a couple 18” bookcases. They have a door at the bottom and adjustable shelves at the top. I added lights to both the bookcase and the bed section.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 04-16-2011 02:33 PM

Nice job, Chris.

I’m surpised you’re knotching the backs for the baseboards.


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#2 posted 04-16-2011 02:35 PM

It makes it easier for the customer to install and to remove from the room later. Thanks Lee.

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#3 posted 04-16-2011 03:46 PM

Beautiful!! Nice work.

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#4 posted 04-16-2011 03:58 PM

This caught my eye. I just completed build a Murphy bed using the same Create-a-Bed kit. Working weekends, it took about three weekends total for me to complete making all the parts. That included the finishing. The kit works as advertised resulting in a smoothly-operating bed that’s easy to lift and lower. Mine is a Queen.

I had some difficulties installing the bed in my apartment. First, it took quite a bit longer than “a few minutes”. There’s a set of assembly steps that take about an hour. I built my bed in my shop which is in another state from where I live. The bed attaches to the wall via a flange at the top of the bed. There’s an incredible amount of force that pulls on the top of the bed when it’s in the lowered position due to the gas struts. With a conventional wall, I would use lag screws into studs to mount it. To get the screw locations right, be prepared to muscle the bed in and out of position a few times. My major issue had to do with my walls. I live in a building built in 1929 with plaster walls and a steel frame. It was impossible for me to get a secure mounting despite numerous attempts. I solved the problem by wedging the top of the bed against the ceiling using a pair of I-beam assemblies I built out of some scrap particle board. They are held in place with shims. I will eventually replace these with a custom cabinet.

In all, I’m very pleased with the bed. It works very well and has made a very big difference in our small apartment.

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#5 posted 04-16-2011 04:38 PM

Nice work as always…. really like these type of beds.

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

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Chris Davis

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#6 posted 04-16-2011 04:48 PM

Bunkie, I’ve don’t only a few installations in materials besides the normal studs. Don’t think I ever had to deal with steel and plaster. I did a lot of research before I started building them. I love the Create-a-bed system.

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#7 posted 04-16-2011 04:59 PM

You did it again nice work Chris

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#8 posted 04-16-2011 07:57 PM

A customer brought me the create a bed kit awhile back i used it to build a murphy bed i like the ease of the kit but the heft of the completed bed was way more than i expected we instaleed it as a whole except for base and crown and man that thing was heavy of course she wanted it in the far back room of her house

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Chris Davis

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#9 posted 04-16-2011 08:55 PM

Yea, you can’t carry it together vary easy. The center section is about 180 lbs by itself.

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