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Project by Kean posted 1144 days ago 4398 views 12 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I and several of my fellow SCA shire members, several years ago, crafted beds in the style of the one found in Osberg Ship Burial. They are crafted entirely of wood, with no metal or glue. This one is made to hold a modern queen-size mattress and is crafted of ash. The only difference between this bed and the Osberg bed is that the Osberg bed did not have a headboard and it’s posts were carved. The headboard was added to this design in deference to my wife and I’s desire to not have our pillows on the ground every morning. The bed can be assembled without it for historical display purposes. As for the posts, I will get around to carving them, one day. No, really! :-) The finish is Danish Oil.

2011 Update:
Well, the osberg bed developed it’s first issue after nearly 10 years of event use during the last Pennsic War. A crack developed between the two tenons on one of the side pieces. Given where it was, there wasn’t any danger of a collapse. I think it may have happened during disassembly. It was a damp year and it was difficult to get apart. I used the shop vac trick to draw glue down into the crack, clamped it up overnight and then put an oak butterfly inlay patch on each side. Given that it was my first attempt at inlay, I don’t think it came out too bad. The oak contrasts nicely with the ash. And no, I still haven’t gotten around to carving the posts.

-- Kean - It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.





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mafe

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#1 posted 1144 days ago

I love it!
I have a dream to make one like this (I’m Danish so I have a stong Viking link in my blood):

Here one of the original Oseberg beds.
But I live now in a small apartment…
Thank you for making me dream,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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missingdigitworkshop

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#2 posted 1144 days ago

WOW! This is pretty cool.

-- Do not be discouraged by those who don't. Be inspired by those who do.

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 1144 days ago

unique

and

well done

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Vasko

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#4 posted 1144 days ago

That is really cool – I’ve never seen one before. Why is it that only every other slat that supports the mattress is pegged? Does it have something to do with letting the wood move seasonally? Is each slat pegged on one side & not the other? BTW, the Viking bed is fabulous…

-- - Cindy, texture freak -

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Kean

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#5 posted 1143 days ago

Mads,
The bed can be made any size, you could easily make one to fit a smaller mattress for your apartment. The one we did was the non-state bed, without the elaborate head ends.

Cindy,
The originals were usually only pegged at the center slat, but I did every other slat for two reasons. 1> The queen sized mattress is wider than most of the originals and 2> My wife and I are larger people and I felt it would be stronger that way.

-- Kean - It's all fun and games until someone loses an eye.

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mafe

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#6 posted 1143 days ago

I’m working on a wall bed now…
;-)
Best thoughts,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Vasko

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#7 posted 1143 days ago

Thanks for the info, I think this is a really cool project!

-- - Cindy, texture freak -

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dbray45

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#8 posted 1143 days ago

Very nice bed.

-- David in Damascus, MD

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oldwolf

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#9 posted 1139 days ago

love this project, I’ve wanted to build one myself for quite a while. it may or may not show up in the next couple of years for me.

good work, I can’t wait to see pics of the chest you told me you were working on.

Oldwolf

-- Oldwolf - http://insidetheworkshop.blogspot.com/

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joesuther

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#10 posted 891 days ago

great bed, would it be possible to send me a cutting list?

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#11 posted 277 days ago

That is sleeping like a king.. Great done!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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