Cherry Bed

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Project by OldTimeShopSmith posted 10-21-2012 11:37 PM 3165 views 27 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 10-21-2012 11:42 PM

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 10-22-2012 12:51 AM

Nicely done! Love the design!

-- Jim, Michigan

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#3 posted 10-22-2012 12:58 AM

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 10-22-2012 01:14 AM

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 10-22-2012 01:49 AM

Very nice bed indeed!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 10-22-2012 01:49 AM

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 10-22-2012 06:17 AM

Very very nice work!

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#8 posted 10-22-2012 11:00 AM

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 10-22-2012 01:21 PM

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

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#10 posted 10-22-2012 03:43 PM

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

-- John 3:16

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#11 posted 10-22-2012 07:36 PM

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 10-22-2012 08:06 PM

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 10-22-2012 08:17 PM

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 10-23-2012 12:57 AM

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 10-27-2012 03:26 AM

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.

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