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Quarter Sawn White Oak Murphy bed

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Project by Chris Davis posted 965 days ago 2731 views 8 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Mission style Murphy bed that was built in November 2011. I usually build it out of red oak but I guess using quarter sawn white oak is staying more true to the mission style. It is a very beautiful wood.

Some other things I did different on this mission project is to do more mission sides. I also put a through tenon look on the face.

Here are some building pictures:
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doors made together in pairs
fitting the crown molding
adding trim to the sides

For more building pictures see my Current Projects link at wwbeds.com or poggyskids.com. See what we are doing live:
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wkndwrnch

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#1 posted 965 days ago

Wow, awesome work. I have always loved murphy beds. The Quartersawn adds so much.

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Chris Davis

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#2 posted 965 days ago

Thanks. I wish I could switch out my red oak and only use the quarter sawn white.

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tenontim

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#3 posted 965 days ago

Now you’re talkin’, Chris. This is my style of Murphy Bed. Very nice design and craftsmanship. Looks just like a piece of Stickley furniture. Did you use qswo veneer for your panels or make your own? Thanks for the post.

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Chris Davis

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#4 posted 965 days ago

I bought the plywood panels. I used both 3/4” and 1/4” plywood. I know Stickley usually uses a book matched. Not even sure what I was sold. The grain on qtr sawn is so straight it is sometimes hard to tell. I think it was slip matched.

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Chris Davis

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#5 posted 965 days ago

As I look at the pictures, I think it could have been book matched. See the dark and light variations in the panels? That is the light reflecting off the different grain direction and one of the close up pictures I could see the gain making a “V” pattern.

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tenontim

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#6 posted 965 days ago

That’s nice looking flake on it. Around here all I can get is rift sawn oak plywood. Works ok, but the quartered would be nicer. If I have larger panels, where I want some flakes, I have to veneer the panels.

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tenontim

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#7 posted 965 days ago

That’s why I asked. They do look book matched.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 965 days ago

Another nice looking build, Chris.

Quarter sawn white oak is a beautiful wood, for sure.

Lee

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#9 posted 965 days ago

Looks great, the quarter sawn oak brings it to a whole different level.

-- Jeff, Charleston SC

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Chris Davis

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#10 posted 965 days ago

Thanks Jeff and Lee.

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#11 posted 965 days ago

Breathtaking. What finish did you use?

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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Chris Davis

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#12 posted 965 days ago

I used English Chestnut from Minwax and Pre-cat Lacquer in a medium sheen for the clear.

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woodworm

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#13 posted 965 days ago

Really very very nice, I love it!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Moron

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#14 posted 964 days ago

Nice looking unit but it looks like the shaker crown mould is put on, on an angle…..like it slopes…on both ends ?

Maybe just the camera angle

cheers

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

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NBeener

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#15 posted 964 days ago

If you ever build one that IS NOT just stunning, I’ll be sure to let you know.

But this one … ain’t that one ;-)

You do fantastic work. Just great to see your project posts !

-- -- Neil

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