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Project by SteveA posted 12-25-2012 04:47 PM 3705 views 12 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We needed a new bed for the guest bedroom after my wife converted our den/office to the “Princess bedroom” for our granddaughters. I had seen the Popular Mechanics 100th Anniversary Bedroom Suite and decided to make the bed. My skill level would probably be best described as beginner (taken a couple of classes). This was the second bed I made. I had intended to make this one for the guest bedroom for our winter home but decided at that time to make a “less complicated” bed (from PlansNow site). The Popular Mechanics Bed was a fun project which taught me a bit more about woodworking. I have since made a couple of nightstands to go with this bed.





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Grumpymike

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#1 posted 12-25-2012 05:05 PM

A right fine job there sir. Hard to believe that this is a beginner project.
Maybe you ought to think about upgrading your status a bit??

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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Bluepine38

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#2 posted 12-25-2012 05:10 PM

Great princess bed. I see that Gradmother has her sewing machine in there to share with the grand daughters,
you are going to have to arrange equal time in the shop. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 76 yr young apprentice carpenter

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a1Jim

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#3 posted 12-25-2012 05:37 PM

Cool design and a very good build
Merry Christmas

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 12-25-2012 06:47 PM

Sometimes our skill level is determined by how much we are willing to challenge ourselves. If you challenge yourself to a higher level you can get these results.

Beautiful work

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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pintodeluxe

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#5 posted 12-25-2012 07:28 PM

Great build! Can you tell us more about the square decorations… are they inlays or applied? What material are they made of?
Thanks

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

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SteveA

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#6 posted 12-25-2012 08:40 PM

The squares are applied. They are pommele sapele veneered on wenge squares (1/4”) with a 1/8” bevel. The rectangular pieces in the headboard and footboard have pommele sapele veneered on both sides of a plywood substrate.

The legs have wenge “feet” while the remainder of the bed frame in mahogany. Finished with Watco Oil (3 coats iirc) and Wax (Antiquax from Rockler). I have come to like Oil/Wax finishes because it gives a more natural (to my eyes) look (and I have unable to get a finished look I like with, eg, polyurethane). I did get an acceptable look with tung oil (MinWax) on some loudspeakers I made recently.

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Weth

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#7 posted 12-26-2012 03:02 AM

I am finishing this bed right now… It is a good design. My wife loves ours.

-- Weth

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#8 posted 12-26-2012 03:25 AM

Great Lookin Bed

-- Jim, Kentucky

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syeret

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#9 posted 12-26-2012 07:24 AM

Beautiful design and great looking implementation.

Is the design of this bed available in the net? I would consider building such one.

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SteveA

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#10 posted 12-26-2012 03:18 PM

The plans were freely available a few years ago. Now it takes a Google search to find them and then you can only view them. http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/how-to-plans/woodworking/1273341. The pictures are missing but I have pdf copy of the diagram and cut list. Is there a safe way to exchange email addresses? If so, I could email you the article.

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SteveA

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#11 posted 12-26-2012 03:30 PM

Do a books.google.com search. Enter Popular Mechanics 2002 and scroll to November. The article starts on page 107.

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DocSavage45

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#12 posted 12-26-2012 04:55 PM

A bed is on my ever growing to do list…LOL! Is this bed designed for a matress only?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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SteveA

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#13 posted 12-26-2012 05:35 PM

It would seem to be. A box and mattress would most likely be too tall (headboard would be hidden). I suppose one could make the headboard a bit taller to accomodate a box/mattress combo.

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DocSavage45

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#14 posted 12-26-2012 06:43 PM

Thanks

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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syeret

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#15 posted 12-26-2012 09:46 PM

Thanks Steve.

About sending file in a secure way, you can send it using one of the file sending services like https://www.wetransfer.com/ and post the link you get from them.

I’d love to get a PDF containing this project.

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