Queen size bed from myrtle

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Project by BobR posted 05-11-2008 12:50 PM 3253 views 31 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A little while back my favourite middle child (FMC) asked me to make a bed for the new house she will be moving into next month. I had already made two bed side cabinets and a barrister bookcase for her. I gave her some magazines to look at for ideas and she ended up selecting one from Australian Woodsmith – based on the US magazine. The timber is Southern Myrtle, and the finish is Danish Oil. A wax coat is still to be applied, and this should happen later this week.

-- Bob

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#1 posted 05-11-2008 01:03 PM

It looks great. Is southern Myrtle expensive? Moving is always such hard work. I bet this will make the nights a but more pleasant.

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#2 posted 05-11-2008 01:18 PM


This is a beautiful bed. I really like this style of furniture and you did a good job with the construction.

Very well done.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 05-11-2008 01:31 PM

Very nice bed, Bob. The slats are a nice change from the spindles in Mission styles. A little less work too. I sure your daughter loved it. Thanks for the post.

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#4 posted 05-11-2008 02:20 PM


Great looking bed. I am sure FMC is delighted.

By “Southern”, I take it you mean the south of Australia. Here in Florida (USA) we have a deciduous tree known as a Crepe myrtle that usually grows no more that 20’ or so, and is most often pruned to the point that it is more of a shrub than a tree. Your myrtle must be like some of the myrtles seen in the Pacific northwest (Oregon, etc.).

How did you join the slats to the cross members of the bed? I like the curve you have in both headboard and footboard, and am wondering how difficult it was to make the attachment.

Again, congratulations on a thoughtful, beautiful heirloom you have created for your daughter.

-- Sola Gratia, John

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#5 posted 05-11-2008 03:11 PM

Thanks to everyone for their comments. Snowdog, I will get back with a price. Timber is sold by the cubic metre down here, so I will need to convert to board feet.

JohnR. We also have the crepe myrtle that is usually planted as an ornamental in gardens. This is not the myrtle used for furniture. Tasmanian myrtle is the first choice for woodworkers wanting to use myrtle. However, it is not always easy to get. Southern myrtle on the other hand is realively easy to come by – it is from South America and belongs to the same family.

-- Bob

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#6 posted 05-11-2008 03:42 PM

That is a gorgeous bed that will endure many generations. Great job!

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#7 posted 05-11-2008 03:43 PM

Bob I like the soft subtle grain lines in your wood selection. It’s interesting how much wood species of the same name differ between Australian woods and North Amercian woods.

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#8 posted 05-11-2008 03:46 PM

BobR, that’s a great piece. I love the design and wood selection. I’m sure you’re FMC will cherish it always.

Thanks for sharing it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#9 posted 05-11-2008 04:17 PM

Well you know what you’ve done, don’t you ? Next will be a matching dresser drawer. Then matching chest of drawers. Then maybe a armoire. But you are off to a very great start. Mighty fine looking bed.

-- JJohn

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#10 posted 05-11-2008 05:12 PM

My goodness….this is the nicest bed I’ve ever seen !!! I love the style and the wood you selected as well ! Congratulations on a project well done ! oh , is this the natural color other than what the Danish oil did for it ?

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#11 posted 05-11-2008 11:04 PM

Very nice job.

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#12 posted 05-12-2008 12:11 AM

Great looking job! All those slats must have been a chore!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#13 posted 05-12-2008 12:12 AM

Great looking bed.

If you used a stain, what did you use? And what to finish it?


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#14 posted 05-12-2008 02:21 AM

Thanks for the additional comments. The natural colour of the timber is mostly a light pink through to a darker pink. Some can be almost a light red. In addition the figure can be almost nil – just straight grain, through to highly figured. This can creat a problem as quite often you don’t know what you have until after the first pass on the jointer. Also, horizontal grain can appear lighter than vertical grain.

No stain, just Danish Oil after sanding to 400.

I notice that after loading the images on to this site that they appear much darker than the originals. Looks like the go is to ensure that images are a little lighter than norma.

Once again, thanks for the feedback.

-- Bob

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#15 posted 05-12-2008 04:03 AM

Woukld you share/sell you plans for the bed?

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