Cherry Sleigh Bed

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Project by DustyMark posted 654 days ago 935 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Completed in 1996. This cherry sleigh bed was a design I picked up from Fine Woodworking. Lands End included it in their catalog that year as well. The slats are steam bent and the volutes are hand carved. I left the carving marks on the volutes rather than sand them out. I used maple slats to support the mattress in lieu of a box spring.

That little girl is getting married in May. She talked me into building her a Thos. Moser design Dr. White’s chest for her wedding present. She’s got me wrapped around her little finger…

-- Mark, Florida

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#1 posted 654 days ago

Super looking Bed Great job

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#2 posted 654 days ago

I wonder how much it was in the Lands End catalog.

I am just beginning this woodworking thang but I have developed a love for cherry.

Beautiful bed.

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#3 posted 654 days ago

Thanks. I seem to remember it costing over $3,000 even back then. That’s a lot of solid wood and labor…even for a production shop. You can probably tell that cherry is my first choice of wood. I love the color it turns after being exposed to sunlight for a while.

-- Mark, Florida

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#4 posted 653 days ago

Good looking bed. Nice work.

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#5 posted 653 days ago

Very nice work. I too love cherry.

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#6 posted 651 days ago

DustyMark: I wanted to make that same bed but never found the time. How did you round over the crest rails ? By the way looks great !!!!

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#7 posted 651 days ago

Saucer: Thanks. I used a hand plane to gradually get to the round shape. I thought it would be difficult and time consuming, but it was much easier than I anticipated. I used a random orbit sander with 100-grit paper to take out the small ridges remaining from the hand plane. Even with a pretty deluxe shop and tool inventory, the old, classic hand tools come through in a pinch!

-- Mark, Florida

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#8 posted 391 days ago

Very nice bed.The bed is an important part of the bedroom furniture.Sleigh beds are simple yet sleek beds that can blend and mix well with any room, leaving it with a contemporary look.If you are planning to bring royal look to your bedroom, having wooden sleigh beds can definitely play a crucial role in giving a touch of elegance to your beds.

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