Aloha Murphy Bed (Hawaii Bound)

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Project by Chris Davis posted 566 days ago 3572 views 24 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Every once in a while I’ll get a far request for my furniture. This one came from Kailua Hawaii. Originally the customer wanted to trade. This Murphy bed from two weeks in their Hawaii rental. I turned it down due to the even the expense of getting my family their. With it being winter time at home, I am kicking myself now!

I finished this up in December 2012. With only a few weeks travel time, it arrived in one piece and installed by the customer. They loved it. I even got a great post and pictures on my facebook page ”Chris helped us finally get a perfect Murphy Bed for our Hawaii Home! We priced these beds here in Honolulu and just found particle board crappy manufactured beds for 10,000.00 dollars! Chris made us a work for art for half the price plus shipping! Thank you Chris and everyone at wwbeds!”

This is my Smithsonian Murphy Wall Bed with a hidden desk. The desk fold up for extra room and so that be bed can come down.

On the bookcases I put locks on each drawer. Keyed the same on the left and then on the right.

Building Pictures
Testing out the murphy bed desk
Bookcases ready to stain
Working on the fluting

Customers Pictures
Bed in Hawaii

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#1 posted 566 days ago

I really like this one.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#2 posted 566 days ago

looks great

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#3 posted 566 days ago

another super project.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 566 days ago

Great looking project. What kind of wood and finish did you use? You must have the largest number of projects of any other “lumberjock”.

-- Julian

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Lou Scott

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#5 posted 566 days ago

Great project.


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Chris Davis

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#6 posted 566 days ago

On this project I used Maple wood and the finish was actually matched off a photo sent by the customer (didn’t have time to send a shelf). If my memory serves me, I started with a Gunstock from Minwax and adjusted the color with other stains.

I clear it with a Pre-Catalyzed sanding sealer, and the top coat it with t pre-catalyzed lacquer with a satin sheen.

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#7 posted 566 days ago

Slick !!! Makes me want one.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#8 posted 566 days ago

What a great project and story! We are big fans of this Lumberjock and the beds he produces. We are looking into buying this very bed from him. As a fellow Lumberjock were kicking around buying this bed pre-cut from him and doing the finishing work ourselves. Even with the shipping it looks like it is better to go in this direction allowing saving us time and money. He is very helpful with any questions you have as well. One great looking bed.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Chris Davis

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#9 posted 566 days ago

Ken, this bed may be hard to do as a pre-cut. Email me at and I’ll send you may notes on it and plans for the basic murphy bed if you can understand the merge. I took real good notes last time, because I have to keep reinventing the wheel on it. I am building another one in this style in a week and I’ll double check my cut list.

Thanks for the comments.

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Monte Pittman

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#10 posted 566 days ago

Outstanding job. Great work.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#11 posted 566 days ago

That Murphy bed rocks – figuratively, of course.

Nice work.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#12 posted 566 days ago

Very Classy look. Great job.

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#13 posted 566 days ago

purely brilliant

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#14 posted 566 days ago

so cool…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#15 posted 565 days ago

Awesome! From the design, build, wood and finish, it’s perfect!


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