Ambrosia Maple bed

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Project by KiddFunkadelic posted 573 days ago 2511 views 10 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this bed for some friends who were married last summer. They asked me if I would, and probably never expected my to say yes. But I looked at it as just another way to gain experience. I had all ready built myself a bed frame, but this one was quite a bit different. I based the design off of a bed I had seen pictured in Fine Woodworking. (I’m not the best with design, so I tend to see projects I like and then recreate them). I’m pleased with the finished product, though being my own worst critic, I wish I hadn’t cut the arch in the headboard so severe. I think it gets a little to thin in the middle. But everyone who has seen it says it looks fine. The couple that the bed is for has not seen it yet, nor have they seen any pictures.

I haven’t put any finish on it yet, because – as you can see – the bed is set up in my living room (it’s since been broken down). This is the only large space I have in my tiny apartment, and I don’t want to fume myself out with stinky finish. Plus my cats would probably jump on it while it was still wet. So I may leave that up to my friends.

Oh yes, the wood! I almost forgot. My friends are building a house in SE Vermont, and they cleared a bunch of sugar maple trees. They had the wood milled and kiln dried, and gave me more than I needed to build the bed. The large holes are from the trees being tapped.

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#1 posted 573 days ago

Wow, nice bed, Nice wood. I have long wondered what wood from a tapped maple looks like. You could send me a truck load of it. LOL


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#2 posted 573 days ago

Very cool bed.great job.

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#3 posted 573 days ago

Beautiful job

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#4 posted 573 days ago

Looks good. Like the style. Great friend.

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#5 posted 573 days ago

Great looking bed. I just moved from VT last year and didn’t realize that they had ambrosia beetle problems there. I was up in the northern end of the state though.

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#6 posted 573 days ago

Well done. I think the arch look fine.

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#7 posted 573 days ago

It is a real work of art. I love it!Glad you post this.

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#8 posted 573 days ago

Hey Marcus, I guess this isn’t technically “ambrosia” maple, as the holes were made from tapping the trees. Same effect, basically.

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#9 posted 573 days ago

Very nice build and the cool headboard is the first thing that caught my eye, but the whole bed looks very stylish.

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#10 posted 573 days ago

Very nice I too like the headboard and wood.

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

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#11 posted 572 days ago

Very nice. I love that wood, and the holes give great character to the piece. It’ll make for great stories for many years.

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#12 posted 572 days ago

It looks good and should be very sturdy.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#13 posted 570 days ago

Very cool! Since you live in a small space, do you use hand tools or power tools?

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#14 posted 570 days ago

Impressive work.

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#15 posted 554 days ago

Yo Funk, Way cool Dude! It looks fantastic. The frame looks massively solid and I bet the maple grain looks great too. I love the fact that you made the headboard light and with the arch. It keeps the bed from becoming overwhelming. With a mattress, linens and pillows it will look like a place to held in while you sleep.

-- Bob, --Silence & smile are two powerful tools. Smile is the way to solve many problems & Silence is the way to avoid many problems.

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