Fish Tale Murphy Bed | Custom

  • Advertise with us
Project by Chris Davis posted 05-04-2011 03:20 PM 2657 views 3 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at Marquetry. Marquetry is pattern of inlaid veneers of wood, brass, ivory, etc., fitted together to form a picture or design. This was completed in March 2011. On this one the customer wanted a couple whales on the face of their murphy bed. I choose Quarter Sawn Walnut and Lacewood for the artwork and maple was used everywhere else.

I started out selling the customer on the idea of my Euro style. My supplier Create-a-bed came out with a new leg design. This would free up the face and make the “canvas” for the artwork more unobstructed. This style is more a modified Contempo style More details on the build can be found on the building blog: A Whale of a Time

Also want to thank some LJ friends that helped with advice on the forums and messages:
Lee A. Jesberger, mauibob, Zoli, drumpriest

For more building pictures see my Current Projects link at or

-- Watch live video from our shop.!current-projects/c3c1

6 comments so far

View Moron's profile


5032 posts in 3919 days

#1 posted 05-04-2011 04:48 PM

b e a u t i f u l

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

View RexMcKinnon's profile


2593 posts in 3221 days

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

Always love your work Chris. The marquetry just brings it to another level.

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

View Dennis Zongker's profile

Dennis Zongker

2745 posts in 3618 days

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

You did a great job! Especially for your first time. Very nice Craftsmanship.

-- Dennis Zongker

View shipwright's profile


7992 posts in 2824 days

#4 posted 05-04-2011 05:17 PM

Very nice first effort Chris. The orcas look very lifelike. You can be an honorary Vancouver Canucks fan.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

View Chris Davis's profile

Chris Davis

1560 posts in 4008 days

#5 posted 05-04-2011 05:58 PM

Not sure what a Canuck is but if you want me to I’ll be a fan.

-- Watch live video from our shop.!current-projects/c3c1

View Lee A. Jesberger's profile

Lee A. Jesberger

6859 posts in 4005 days

#6 posted 05-04-2011 06:10 PM

Hey Chris,

You don’t want to be a Canuck…You want to be a Flyer’s Fan. LOL

Anyway, great job on the bed and inlay, and thank you for the mention.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics