A bench to support the bed spread

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Project by bobdurnell posted 03-07-2008 12:54 AM 1752 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife has often compained about the heavy bed spread laying of the floor at the foot of the bed. So I made a low bench to support the bed spread and also at a comfortable height for putting on ones shoes. It is made from white oak to match the head board that I made a long time ago. The top is a glue up and not to waste wood I spliced the center board. Occasionaly my brother and I like to thow in a bowtie just for kicks. We think the bowties add a little interest to usually an ordinary project. I will show the bench in use and the old head board later. Now you can see the bench in use at the foot of the bed and almost matching headboard. Some ten or so years later.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#1 posted 03-07-2008 01:07 AM

looks good and works for many different tasks. great job. i think you and your wife will enjoy it for years to come.

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#2 posted 03-07-2008 01:16 AM


You could add a few “legs” to the bowtie and tell people it is your signature spider inlay. :-)

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

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#3 posted 03-07-2008 01:17 AM


This is a nice project. The dutchman breaks up the monotone of the oak and adds an interesting detail. You certainly can’t miss this one.

Thanks for the post.

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

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#4 posted 03-07-2008 03:25 AM

I love the bench and the bow tie. It really puts a nice spin on what would normally be just another piece of furniture. I gives it personality.

Thanks for sharing, and keep up the good work.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#5 posted 03-07-2008 09:55 AM

The bench is very nice. Looking at the picture it’s hard to judge the length of it – did you do anything to beef up the center of it, or is it short enough that it won’t need extra center support? It looks great though.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 03-07-2008 05:08 PM

Nice bench. I like the bowtie. What wood is it?

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#7 posted 03-08-2008 08:18 AM

Great idea and very practical. The single bowtie is a nice touch indeed.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#8 posted 03-08-2008 06:42 PM

To cajunpen: The bench measures 70 inches. I did put two cross members in the base. That solid White oak top is real strong and the rails add to the strength. Thanks for asking.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#9 posted 03-08-2008 06:46 PM

To rikkor: I wondered if anyone would notice that I had forgotten to mention the bowtie wood. It was a leftover from I piece of Bloodwood that I had bought to make a heart for my significant other on Valentines day. I’ve made 30 or so hearts each out of a different wood. Thanks for the question.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#10 posted 03-22-2008 07:20 AM

Good job bro, what? bloodwood or padauk?or maybe african mahogany?

-- Rico Durnell Woodworker

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