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Project by RockyBlue posted 1094 days ago 6303 views 20 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been waiting 10 years to do this project. When we first got married we used to pine over a set like this ( pun intended). But I decided I would rather have 5 trucks to play with, anyway I finally got it done.

The Cabinets

All soild pine constuction with pocket hole joinery. The doors are raised panel to match my 2 bookcases and done on my table saw. The drawers have full ( and a little more) extention ball bearing slides. I used cedar chip board for the drawer bottoms. The T&G I got from fellow LJ Mountain Heart Woodworks. The overall width is 11ft x 7ft tall.

The Bases
Simple 2×4 construction with sliding doors and plenty of extra storage. The bottom is lined with slick hardboard for easy use.

The Footboard
This was a huge chore to get these logs. I noticed driving to work along a creek that the beavers were tackling some very large cottonwoods. Luckily there was a walking trails along the creek, but no vehicles allowed. So I loaded my packframe with all the hand saws I had and headed out. Turns out wet cottonwood is hard on the saws, kerf kept closing up from the moisture. So I finally gave up and came back later with a battery recip saw. The trees were freshly felled and needed to be cut into 35” lengths to be packed out one at a time. Fortunately the trees were on the ground, Colorado has strict laws against taking sticks from a beaver dam or lodge. I also made a few extra trips for smaller sticks floating down the creek. I then split them all in half and let them dry for 9 months. I did very little cleanup, just got the fuzzies off. The teeth marks can be seen where they stripped the bark off. The posts are 4×4 with turned tops.

The Carving
The center carving measures 4ft long by 2 ft tall and 2” thick. It is held by beaver chewed sticks. There is a small beaver in the corner to tie-in with the footboard and the sticks. This was done by a workmate on his CNC router, a ShopBot. We combined several images from Vector Art 3D. It took over 10 hours machine time.

I also added 3 halogen lights behind the carving wired to a dimmer switch. I wanted some mood lighting without it shining in our eyes.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother. www.rockybluewoodworks.com





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nittanylion

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#1 posted 1094 days ago

Excellent work! It looks great!

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spunwood

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#2 posted 1094 days ago

This is a beauty, I would love to have a room like that in my house. Lost of light, A comfy bed surrounded by beautiful furniture with character.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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grizzman

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#3 posted 1094 days ago

this is a real beauty, im a rustic guy, and have my own log bed, but the not the cabinetry..im glad you finally got the bed you wanted…you worked hard to get this one…good job…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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DaddyT

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#4 posted 1094 days ago

That is by far my favorite bedroom on this site! Not to knock on anyone else workmanship or anything, but this is like my dream bedroom!!! Thats awesome!

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#5 posted 1094 days ago

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meaded

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#6 posted 1094 days ago

Well Done

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#7 posted 1094 days ago

Great project, that looks like it must have taken a long time and a lot of lumber. Good job on the project and design.

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#8 posted 1094 days ago

wow! Amazing look, I think this is my favourite bedroom I’ve seen so far.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#9 posted 1094 days ago

Nice work!! How much does 3’ of wet cottonwood weigh?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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whit

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#10 posted 1094 days ago

All I can say is DAM!! ;)

Whit

-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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Andy123

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#11 posted 1094 days ago

WOW! This is really nice. I love the rustic style!

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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robbinscabin

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#12 posted 1094 days ago

Fantastic! I love the entire piece and it has storage!!! I’m impressed.

-- Robbinscabin, www.facebook.com/northcountryrustics

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Earl

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#13 posted 1094 days ago

Wow gorgeous!

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#14 posted 1094 days ago

Very nice!

-- Doug...

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#15 posted 1094 days ago

Totally awesome. the teeth marks take it over the top!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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