Cherry Finish Excalibur Murphy Bed | Custom

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Project by Chris Davis posted 05-17-2008 02:23 PM 3053 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Murphy bed that was completed on 5-9-2008. I call it the “Excalibur”. This bed has arched raised panels on the face along with fluting on the trim beside the doors. Above the fluting is the release leg that unlocks if from the cabinet and acts at the support feet when the bed is in the down position. Above the feet are rosettes that were cut in.

To tie it in to the customers existing furniture I matched the color and changed the crown up a little. The customer had some dental molding that they wanted to match. To get this to work I had to deviate from my standard cut list and make a taller header and sides. The dental molding wraps around and I needed to figure a break that would allow it to disassemble and reassemble to where the molding looked seamless.

The color is a dye stain followed by a wiping stain. The dye is a combination of brown and red dyes with a lot of thinner and the stain coat is Red Mahogney from Minwax. The cherry colors was matched off a customers drawer.

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#1 posted 05-17-2008 03:06 PM

Chris great work! This is a beautiful piece.

You’re live webcam of your shop is interesting too.

Thanks for posting

-- Martin, Kansas

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#2 posted 05-17-2008 06:54 PM

Looks great! I might be building one of those one of these days.

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

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#3 posted 05-17-2008 09:17 PM

Wow, that looks fantstic!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#4 posted 05-17-2008 09:40 PM

Finish looks great.

-- TNM

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#5 posted 05-18-2008 05:37 AM

nice looking bed!
I’ve always liked the murphy style.
perhaps one day I’ll take a swing at one of these for one of my daughters.

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#6 posted 05-18-2008 07:51 AM

Wow, much more ethusiastic finish than I put on my murphy bed. Impressive.

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#7 posted 05-18-2008 12:29 PM


This is a nice post. You did a good job with the finish. I am sure that matching the dental molding was a challenge.

Well done and thanks for sharing.

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

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#8 posted 05-19-2008 06:18 AM

Hi Chris

Really like this style bed. You did a beautiful job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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