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A Pair of Chalkboard Beds

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Project by Chris Davis posted 2240 days ago 4040 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a set of beds that were competed on 5-18-2008. They are built for two boys that shared the same room. These Murphy beds are built with a chalkboard and corkboard front and the beds are separated by a 24” bookcase with drawer and shelves behind a door. A drink try has also been added between the door and the drawers.

This is basically a Murphy bed with a flat face, which I call the Alpine. I painted the lower section with a chalkboard paint that can be purchased at any home store. On the upper section I used contact cement to attach a roll of corkboard material and then built a frame around that. I also added a chalk tray which I milled out of solid maple with a fluting bit.

Here is another Chalkboard bed built in April of ‘08.
Chalkboard bed from april 2007

Building Pictures
Painting the chalkboard paint
Building bookcase
Building the inside frame
putting on the corkboard
See live view of my shop at my “Current Projects” link.

Sources for material:
Chalkboard Paint: Lowes
Corkboard roll: Hobby Lobby
Lumber: Hogan Hardwoods

-- Watch live video from our shop. http://wwbeds.com/live.htm





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moshel

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#1 posted 2240 days ago

great beds! what holds the lower part of the bed when it is open? couldn’t see folding legs there in the photos. is it suspended?

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teenagewoodworker

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#2 posted 2240 days ago

thats a cool idea. i bet whoever’s getting those will love it. thanks for the post!

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woodup

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#3 posted 2240 days ago

Very nice design. Are there support legs that help support the beds when they are down?

-- Michael, Fort Worth, TX. "I wood if I could!"

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TomFran

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#4 posted 2240 days ago

Looks like a great space-saving solution for a home schooling family. Thanks for sharing all the construction details!

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 2240 days ago

This is another nice project, Chris. The idea of putting a chalkboard on these was a great idea!!!

Well done.

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Chris Davis

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#6 posted 2240 days ago

Moshel and woodup, There are support legs. They are the 7” x 3” block in the center of the corkboard. They also work the locking mechanism.

-- Watch live video from our shop. http://wwbeds.com/live.htm

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SteveKorz

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#7 posted 2239 days ago

Those are pretty cool… I bet those boys like that chalkboard

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

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