Cherry Bed

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Project by OldTimeShopSmith posted 668 days ago 2428 views 23 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a picture of the first “real” piece of furniture I have made. It is made from choke cherry trees that were cut down on my parents property and then milled on site. It was a lot of fun working with wood from a completely ruff state to the finished product. The bed was sanded to 320 grit and then three coats of Arm R Seal Semi-Gloss finish was added with a final sanding of 1500 before the last coat. It is nice and smooth and should last a life time or longer.

-- Scott, Illinois

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#1 posted 668 days ago

Beautiful!!! Cherry is my favorite wood because of the complexity and depth of the grain. Did you have a set of plans or design it yourself? I want to make a one for the spare room bed but I’m not sure where to find long, wide 6/4 cherry that would be needed.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#2 posted 668 days ago

Nicely done! Love the design!

-- Jim, Michigan

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#3 posted 668 days ago

Very nicely done.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#4 posted 668 days ago

What a beautiful bed! No need to wrap it, I’ll take it just as it is!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#5 posted 668 days ago

Very nice bed indeed!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 668 days ago

Very nice bed.. not enough can be said about the natural beauty of cherry ..

Well done..


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#7 posted 668 days ago

Very very nice work!

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#8 posted 667 days ago

That is really nice work. I have never thought of using choke cherry for anything (other than firewood). It really is a beautiful wood and so nice that it came from your parent’s property. Very well done.

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#9 posted 667 days ago

Beautiful!! Great job, like the design and the wood.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#10 posted 667 days ago

How cool, to go from standing tree to a finished project! Great job

-- John 3:16

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#11 posted 667 days ago

Great design. Well executed. It amazes me how many steps are involved from rough milled lumber to finished product.
Great project!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#12 posted 667 days ago

Classic designs are timeless for a reason. You did a very nice job with this bed!

I think it is super cool that you know the history of the wood that made this bed and that you brought from the log to the finished product. It adds some excellant provenance to it!

I love it! Thanks for sharing!

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS251

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#13 posted 667 days ago

Great design, I love the simplicity of it. I made my bed frame a few years ago and the joy you feel after you see your hard work completed is without equal. Fantastic craftmanship!

-- I may be a girl, but I can still wood work

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#14 posted 667 days ago

That is absolutely beautiful! I am working on a similar project, and using the same finishes as well.
I have never tried the General Finishes brand, so I thought I’d use the Arm-R-Seal, and poly as well.
Super job,

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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#15 posted 663 days ago

I built a set of cherry night stands about a year and a half ago and need to make the bed next but can not find a set of plans for a king size bed where did you get the plans? Or did you do them your self. Great bed.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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