Sapele Bed

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Project by WoodenSoldier posted 03-02-2013 09:14 PM 4715 views 44 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally finished the bed that I was working on. I started it almost a year ago and then got distracted by other projects. The frame is solid sapele and the head board panels are sapele plywood. I’m mostly happy with it, though in retrospect I kind of wish that I had chosen a contrasting wood for the panels to make it a little bolder. Maybe in a couple years I’ll move this one to the guest bedroom and make a new one for my bedroom.
I used the Rockler knock-down bed hardware to fasten the legs to the headboard and foot board so taking it apart is a cinch. I’m actually amazed at how solid the whole thing is, it doesn’t wobble or shake a bit. I put .5” walnut dowels through the rails to give the screws that hold the hardware something to bite into better than the end grain. The curves were all cut on the bandsaw, then cleaned up with a pattern bit on the router. Finished with an oil/urethane mix and paste wax.

The design was inspired by (some might even say a copy of) Alin Dobra’s King size bed.

Next thing I’ve got to do is start making night stands to go with it.

Thanks for looking!

-- Create something everyday.

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#1 posted 03-02-2013 09:57 PM

Beautiful bed. Definitely worth the time it took. Beautiful wood, too.

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#2 posted 03-02-2013 10:07 PM

Nice. Congratulations on a really nice project well done. Too bad your eyes will be closed most of the time you are using it : ))

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#3 posted 03-02-2013 10:13 PM

Looks great. Design and the wood are really nice.

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#4 posted 03-02-2013 11:13 PM

I am blown away. That is wonderful.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 03-02-2013 11:52 PM

That is a most awesome bed. You did a fantastic job and it is most certainly a project to be proud of. The gentle flowing curves are really an eye catcher…
I like the sapele…it has such a fantastic grain…
I don’t see any of it at the lumberyards I go to except for a few pieces I ran across several years ago.

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#6 posted 03-03-2013 12:50 AM

Great looking bed, some great lines to it. I’m building a Bridal Chest for the end of the bed for Blondie out of the same wood. Its the first time I have worked with it and like it other than some splintering. Love the color when you put a clear finish on it and the subtle grain. I’m using quarter sawn as it looks like your is the same. Enjoy the rest on this.

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

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#7 posted 03-03-2013 12:57 AM

A Bed to be proud of my Friend, Very Well Done!!

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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#8 posted 03-03-2013 01:16 AM

That grain! Yummy.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#9 posted 03-03-2013 03:13 AM

That’s nice, really nice. Just out of curiosity, where did you find Sapele ply?

-- Dave, Colonie, NY

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#10 posted 03-03-2013 12:33 PM

Beautiful job

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#11 posted 03-03-2013 06:03 PM

this is a gorgeous bed! Your design and choice of wood is superb. Sleep well!

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#12 posted 03-04-2013 02:40 AM

That Is Sweet!

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#13 posted 03-05-2013 01:40 AM

Man this is a great looking bed! I really like those curved legs! Plus, I really like mahogany and sapele, so it’s great seeing things made from them.

-- Dean

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#14 posted 03-05-2013 03:10 PM

Elegant and very classy bed! Like the beautiful wood choice, curved legs and the joinery. Great job!

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#15 posted 10-09-2013 03:31 AM

That thing is sexy. Good build. I’m currently making one out of Wenge and Sapele. I love Sapele for its appearance and price. I like everything about your project.

-- Jamie McDonald, Buford GA

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