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Project by mjon posted 2364 days ago 8629 views 8 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This wall unit is made from claro walnut and curly ash. It features a zoom-room retractable murphy bed; this one is a king size bed configured as two twins. The bed is motorized – it opens and closes with a push of a button (remote control). It’s made in a Japanese arts and crafts style, and the most difficult aspect of this project was that it all had to fit into a very small service elevator in an apartment building in San Francisco (6th floor) which meant that it had to be designed and executed in a knock-down fashion. The finish is a hand-rubbed oil finish. There are three units with the middle unit being a desk with a “live” edge, and custom-cut veneers. All joinery was done by hand, using traditional Japanese tools and a good belt sander. The handles are made from 200-year old anchor chain dredged up from a harbor in Tokyo. The project was challenging, with lots of sleepless nights. If I didn’t have gray hair before I started, I do now. Glad it’s over!





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GaryK

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#1 posted 2364 days ago

Very cool! You did one good job. I bet you are glad it’s done!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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cajunpen

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#2 posted 2364 days ago

That is incredible. You really did a nice job on this one.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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FlWoodRat

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#3 posted 2364 days ago

Very nice looking. Since the bed is retractable, I wonder, what’s on the other side of the wall?

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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Les Hastings

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#4 posted 2364 days ago

awesome job!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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Critterman

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#5 posted 2364 days ago

Nice work, I like the contrast.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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Alin Dobra

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#6 posted 2364 days ago

mjon,

I agree with the other comments. Incredible job. I was planing to make something like this for one of my bedrooms but I did not know where to start.

Welcome to LJ.

Alin

-- -- Alin Dobra, Gainesville, Florida

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Patrick Jaromin

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#7 posted 2363 days ago

Yes, I agree with the others…beautiful piece. I’m with FLWoodRat…to where does the retractable bed retract? Does it accordion in?

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL http://www.TenonAndSpline.com/blog

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CharlieM1958

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#8 posted 2363 days ago

Beautiful job!

Hey let me guess…. The bed is shared with the person in the apartment next door who works the night shift. Each tenant gets it for 12 hours per day, right? lol

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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MsDebbieP

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#9 posted 2363 days ago

the chain link handles was an added surprise!
I, too, am curious about the other side of the wall. A bench that this slides in and out of?

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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sjdickey

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#10 posted 2363 days ago

Very nice indeed. Looks like you have caught everyones attention with the retractable bed, including mine! Where does it go?

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Tomcat1066

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#11 posted 2363 days ago

Great job! I’m with the folks wondering where the bed retracts to! Very cool piece!

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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mjon

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#12 posted 2363 days ago

the zoom-room bed has aaccordion rack that pulls in and the latex mattres is on a track that goes up on the inside and onlly takes up a 24” footprint, you can still put a flat screen tv or shelving in the front

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zeeeep

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#13 posted 2363 days ago

Found this with a google search. It has a animation of how the bed works. Very creative solution.

http://www.inhousesf.com/pages/zoom_beds.html

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shawnseanderson

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#14 posted 2363 days ago

Wow..(Applause!!!) that is really nice. I have more to aspire to. Thanks.

-- Shawn, Washington, No really, its a work in progress.

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Scott Bryan

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#15 posted 2363 days ago

You did a really nice job on this project. I could not fathom the effort and talent it would take to complete a project of this size by hand. It takes a true craftsman to complete a project of this nature.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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