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Project by Chris Davis posted 12-02-2011 01:53 PM 2688 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

No it is not broken! This was intentional. The customer wanted a version of the boat bed that was made to look like it had been ship wrecked. There were several techniques that were used. We made the front bow to be removable, made the mast mount at an angle, made cracked side rails, and lots of distressing. Some of the distressing was intense like chipping away at spindles and railings.

Put this on your watch list or favorites the customer is painting a mural in the room. I’ll post an update with it decorated and in the room

It was an overall fun project. Making it look naturally distressed is not as easy as you’d think, well at least for me it wasn’t. I call it placing the distressing marks so that they are naturally random. If that is not an oxymoron I don’t know what is.

It was a queen size. I’ve built one before, but never made any templates for the bow. I had to start from scratch and redesign the curves and trim. That took a little extra time, but I now made and saved templates for the next one.

The finish was a gray primer with a English Chestnut glaze to antique the finish and to highlight the distressing marks. We sealed the glaze in with a satin sheen clear coat. The portholes were even custom finished with a hammered copper. It was finished in November 2011

Here are some building pictures
building the toybox bow lid
Distressed work on the top rail
Some clamping up of the bow
headboard

For more boat pictures and some other projects see my Current Projects link at wwbeds.com or poggyskids.com. See what we are doing live:
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Chris Davis

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#1 posted 12-02-2011 01:58 PM

The customer is having a ship themed mural hand painted in the room to keep with the theme. “Watch” this project or add to your favorites and I’ll post an update when I get it.

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#2 posted 12-02-2011 02:27 PM

Very cool project !

-- Lidiya,Russia.http://www.reznoe.ru/

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#3 posted 12-02-2011 02:30 PM

Thanks Lidiya

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flossy

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#4 posted 12-02-2011 04:06 PM

What an original and finely-executed idea. Well done.

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#5 posted 12-02-2011 04:35 PM

It’s very unusual but looks like it might have been fun to build. Nice work.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#6 posted 12-02-2011 04:43 PM

It was fun to build. Much better then building the same thing over and over. Project like this is what I live for.

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#7 posted 12-02-2011 08:54 PM

Just heard from customer, the queen ship wreck is going in a room painted to look under water, with a mermaid, treasure chest surrounded by an octopus, lots of sea life, and a ghostly ship wreck in the distance. The bottom of a boat will be painted on the ceiling, with legs hanging over the side and into the water.

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#8 posted 12-03-2011 01:11 AM

Awesome job,I was waiting for a mention of Capt. Jack Sparrow, Great Job!

-- Measure twice, cut once.

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#9 posted 12-03-2011 02:45 AM

arrrrrr!

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#10 posted 12-03-2011 08:26 AM

You did a wonderful job, I am sure someone is very fortunate to receive it and will have a considerable amount of fun with it

-- Norman

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#11 posted 12-03-2011 01:33 PM

Great design

-- It is fun to do the impossible. ~ Walt Disney

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#12 posted 12-04-2011 05:55 PM

very cool…i love the details…the first pict looks like the bed itself is slanted…but that cant be right…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Chris Davis

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#13 posted 12-05-2011 01:11 PM

No, it is not slanted. In that pictures I have the bow pulled away on the back corner making it look that way.

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