100 Year Anniversary Bed

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Project by Weth posted 12-28-2012 04:35 PM 3080 views 10 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is the bed that I completed today 12/28/2012.

It is based on the Popular Mechanics 100 Year Anniversary Bed.

Notes about the build:
Nice looking beds are difficult to find. Many designs are too bland or too ornate. It is hard to find simple beauty. When I showed this plan to my wife, she and I both knew this was the type of furniture we wanted in our home. Originally, I was planning to build this for our master bedroom. Throughout the process, our 4 year old loved it so much we decided to make it for him instead.

This is the 1st piece that I have made. I learned a lot during the process. I still have much to learn.

Owner: Joshua H. (4 years of age)

Changes to original plan. Many of the changes are for function and cost.
- Changed solid mahogany to 1/16” veneers over pine.
- Lengthened head board from 32” to 43” to accommodate stacked pillows. (saw this issues in another forum)
- Reduced foot board from 22” to 21” to accommodate long people
- Changed Pomele Sapele panels to Maple for color contrast
- Changed top rails from Mahogany to Birdseye Maple. (Boards also had some curl in it)
- Delete Wenge feet. Who will see them?
- Delete Wenge square side applications. Covered by bed spread.
- Change to Amazon pre made slats
- Extended width from 60” to 61”. Wife request and accommodates amazon slats.
- Delete Bed post chamfers.
- Changed from 5” bed hangers to 4”. Looking for one with offset hooks that I missed getting the 5” ones.
- Changed finish from Waterlox sealer/finish to Boiled Linseed oil base and Oil based polyurethane. Final coat was cut 50% to avoid brush marks.

Notes on Purchases This used to be $69. It was a steal except for the fact they were 1” too long.

Original Plan (I had to print each page from google docs.)

The same bed on Lumberjocks

Original Designer

Special thanks to: Doug Eckstrand (Denver Colorado)

Thanks for looking

-- Weth

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#1 posted 12-28-2012 05:07 PM

Nice work!

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#2 posted 12-28-2012 05:16 PM

Very nice looking work.

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

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#3 posted 12-28-2012 05:47 PM

Super looking bed ,very nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 12-28-2012 06:41 PM

Nice bed, well done indeed.

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

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#5 posted 12-28-2012 07:40 PM

Thank you for all the comments.

-- Weth

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#6 posted 12-29-2012 01:10 AM

Great looking bed and nice modifications. I will say though that Waterlox makes a super finish; durable and tung oil inclusive.

-- --Now we are surrounded sir. "Excellent private, now we can attack in any direction."

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#7 posted 12-29-2012 02:05 AM

Great job on that beautiful bed. That quilted birdseye is spectacular! Hard to believe this is your first. Looks very professional!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 12-29-2012 03:38 AM

Very nice indeed!. I like the increase in headboard height (wish I would’ve done the same).

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#9 posted 12-29-2012 05:54 AM

I really like that!

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