Cherry Sleigh Bed

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Project by DustyMark posted 10-12-2012 03:34 AM 1541 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, Minnesota

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#1 posted 10-12-2012 03:47 AM

Super looking Bed Great job

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#2 posted 10-12-2012 03:55 AM

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 10-12-2012 04:17 AM

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, Minnesota

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#4 posted 10-12-2012 01:25 PM

Good looking bed. Nice work.

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#5 posted 10-12-2012 04:40 PM

Very nice work. I too love cherry.

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#6 posted 10-14-2012 08:56 PM

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 10-14-2012 09:52 PM

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, Minnesota

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#8 posted 07-01-2013 10:08 AM

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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