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Project by Ben posted 05-03-2008 02:56 PM 1644 views 8 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is a bed a built for my wife and myself last summer.

Although inspired my many other beds I found, I used my own design. Google sketchup was of great value in this. I was not only able to make the proportions look right, but to also make sure I accounted for the size of our mattress and the physical constraints. My goal was to make the bed compliment the two bedside tables that I had previously built (They can be seen in the picture). Those tables had a padauk top and a hard maple base. Ultimately I decided to build the bed out of maple and include little “plugs” out of padauk.

The bed is finished with lacquer. It was my first attempt to spray a finish on – and I’m happy with the results.

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#1 posted 05-03-2008 03:56 PM

Ben a nice bed. still using the Padauk but in smaller sizes.

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#2 posted 05-03-2008 04:26 PM

Hi Ben,

This is a nice looking bed. You did well on the design and construction. I like the way you varied the width of the spindles as this adds a nice architectural element to the construction. I have one of these on my to-do list (along with a number of other requests from THE BOSS) so I may “borrow” some of your ideas since I happen to be a fan of this style of furniture.

Well done. And thanks for the post.

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#3 posted 05-03-2008 04:51 PM

nice job…i like the curved posts…

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#4 posted 05-03-2008 05:07 PM

Very nice lines on the entire set, Ben. Good choice of woods for a light, modern look. Thanks for the post.

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#5 posted 05-03-2008 05:22 PM

I really like your design, it seems relaxing. Thanks for sharing it with us.

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#6 posted 05-03-2008 06:15 PM

Like this suit, Very nice job thanks for sharing.

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#7 posted 05-03-2008 06:15 PM

Very nice. Clean, and the curves add a lot, especially the legs.

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