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Horizontal Alpine Murphy Bed

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Project by Chris Davis posted 2275 days ago 11221 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a horizontal Murphy bed that I call The Alpine. It is one of the more simpler and contemporary designs. The face panel is grooved to resemble 4 panel doors. On this one I added a simple mission type molding. All this was finish natural with a clear coat only.

I also made a matching desk. It features two file drawers one side and a pencil drawer on the other. The file drawers I build to hold a standard hanging file folder without any inserts. What I do is just cut a rabbet in the outside/top of the drawer sides. I is really a quick and easy add-on but it does add values to a piece.
Desk drawer showing the rabbet for hanging file folders.

Here are some building pictures
The unfinished center section.
Header for the murphy bed.
Desk pedestal

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darryl

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#1 posted 2275 days ago

this is a nice looking set. I like what you’ve done for the hanging files. That’s a cool idea.

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teenagewoodworker

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#2 posted 2275 days ago

thats cool. i also like the hanging files. i would never have thought of putting that little rabbit. thanks for the post.

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tooldad

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#3 posted 2275 days ago

I have done the rabbet which is a good alternative to the insert. Another alternative is to use 1/16 or 1/8” aluminum or metal strap. However for the best frictionless and ease of construction, the add on insert or cap from Rockler is only $5 per drawer, alot cheaper than metal, but slides easier than just wood. Just my 2 cents. Great job on the projects.

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ND2ELK

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#4 posted 2275 days ago

Hi Chris

Nice looking bed and desk unit. When I seen the desk it reminded of the desk we built for the Universities. We built thousands of these desks every year, along with wardrobes. loft beds and bookcases. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Woodhacker

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#5 posted 2275 days ago

Very nice Chris…It looks great! I like the natural finish color too.

-- Martin, Kansas

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Chris Davis

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#6 posted 2275 days ago

Thanks tooldad for the idea. I am going to check in on the Rockler Idea.

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Chris Davis

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#7 posted 2275 days ago

Here is what Tooldad suggested the Hanging File things

The one problem that I have is the new 5×5 sheets of Baltic Birch is almost 3/8”. I don’t like it. I don’t know if I was sent the wrong stuff or if it was a bad batch.

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Sandy

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#8 posted 2274 days ago

As long as you’re taking suggestions, I’ve done the file drawer with a width adapted for letter size pendaflex files, but with a notch for an aluminum cross piece about 15” from the front, so the user can use the same drawer for either letter size, as you show, or legal size, going in the other direction.

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Chris Davis

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#9 posted 2274 days ago

Sandy, great idea thanks for the info.

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SteveKorz

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#10 posted 2270 days ago

Another great looking production! As always, fine work Sir!

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

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