French Quarter Murphy Bed w/Gothic Arch

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Project by Chris Davis posted 01-03-2013 01:58 PM 1957 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Murphy Wall Bed going in the French Quarter and finished up in November 2012. The customer sketched up something and wanted the Gothic arch style doors. The were concerned with getting the arch correct. I did some research and found the formula to make the arch without having to free hand it. Here is a quick video of how I did it:
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Can’t see real good in the video. I’ll try and make blog on it in the future

Wood/Color Choice
We used a maple wood and did a glazing technique to get more of an old world feel to the piece. It was stained using a Dark Walnut stain. The stain was sealed in with lacquer and then an Ebony stain was used as a glaze. We sprayed the glaze, wiped it off slightly, leaving it heavier on the edges. Using a dry brush we wiped out any streaks. The glaze was then seal with a couple more coats of lacquer.

Some of the pictures above show the same one without upper cabinets

Building Pictures
clamping up the extra thick verticals
more work of vertical

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#1 posted 01-03-2013 04:02 PM

Another super build,very nice work.

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#2 posted 01-03-2013 04:54 PM

That is a really nice piece. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#3 posted 01-03-2013 09:31 PM

You have a strong level of craftsmanship! Fascinating!

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#4 posted 01-05-2013 05:17 PM

I really like the look of that one, nice job

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#5 posted 01-07-2013 05:44 PM

very cool…

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#6 posted 02-21-2013 03:27 AM

Good job on this build.

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