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Quarter Sawn White Oak Murphy bed

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Project by Chris Davis posted 12-08-2011 01:26 PM 2812 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 12-08-2011 01:29 PM

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 12-08-2011 02:01 PM

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 12-08-2011 02:30 PM

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 12-08-2011 02:36 PM

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 12-08-2011 02:44 PM

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 12-08-2011 02:45 PM

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 12-08-2011 02:46 PM

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 12-08-2011 03:12 PM

Another nice looking build, Chris.

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

Lee

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#9 posted 12-08-2011 06:33 PM

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 12-08-2011 06:57 PM

Thanks Jeff and Lee.

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#11 posted 12-08-2011 10:11 PM

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 12-08-2011 11:45 PM

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 12-09-2011 02:40 AM

Really very very nice, I love it!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Moron

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#14 posted 12-09-2011 04:32 AM

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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#15 posted 12-09-2011 04:33 AM

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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