Horizontal Alpine Murphy Bed

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Project by Chris Davis posted 05-28-2008 01:09 AM 14030 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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#1 posted 05-28-2008 01:18 AM

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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#2 posted 05-28-2008 01:31 AM

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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#3 posted 05-28-2008 01:35 AM

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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#4 posted 05-28-2008 02:43 AM

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

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 05-28-2008 03:09 AM

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

-- Martin, Kansas

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#6 posted 05-28-2008 03:45 AM

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

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#7 posted 05-28-2008 03:51 AM

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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#8 posted 05-28-2008 08:48 AM

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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#9 posted 05-28-2008 12:12 PM

Sandy, great idea thanks for the info.

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#10 posted 06-02-2008 05:32 AM

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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