Walnut Bed

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Project by RobG73 posted 526 days ago 3707 views 55 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It is said that imitation is the greatest form of flattery. I was inspired by another bed project on this site and felt confident I could create this for myself. I made a few alterations but kept the basic principle and form from the original.

This is a king size bed and the biggest project of mine to date. I used walnut for the frame and curly maple for the panels. The pictures don’t do justice to the character of the maple. Unlike the original, I had to laminate two boards for the 4X4 posts. I also used an age old bed bolt concept using modern bolts and threaded inserts. Mortise and tenons secure the bedrails into the posts and locked in with the bolts.

The head and foot boards are both one piece glued with mortise and tenon joints on most pieces. The posts are curved and cropped at the top and bottom of each post. Lots-o-sanding after the band saw cut the curve, but worth the effort! I put in a center strut to support the slats. The slats are pine and cut from raw board and not store bought.

I don’t remember all the dimensions, but I can take measurements and post if anyone is interested. In the last picture you can see the matching night stands. I had some left over curly maple and the girlfriend didn’t think we were going to find anything to match back here in the US. BTW made this while over in Germany! I’ll post separate project for the night stands.

Fun project and a lot more involved than I figured but so worth it. And LOTS of sanding! Enjoy.


-- Civilize the mind, make savage the body

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#1 posted 526 days ago

I don’t recall seeing the first bed you mention, but yours is absolutely gorgeous.

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#2 posted 526 days ago

The inspiration came from a project by Rogue. Title is Walnut and maple bed. In the bed section; go to “most favorited” and it is one of the first projects.

-- Civilize the mind, make savage the body

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#3 posted 526 days ago

I am in the process of something very similar…

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#4 posted 526 days ago

Very nice job on this bed. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 526 days ago

beautiful bed

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#6 posted 526 days ago

That’s a gorgeous bed!

-- Kirby

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#7 posted 526 days ago

Looks awesome.

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#8 posted 526 days ago

Absolutely beautiful bed! I love walnut and maple together, and they look great on your bed!

If you don’t mind a suggestion: If you can make a template out of plywood or hardboard, you can then flush-trim the legs, with a router, and save yourself a ton of grief sanding.

-- Dean

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#9 posted 526 days ago

I like it. Looks GREAT !!!

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

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#10 posted 526 days ago

Man, you can build! You’ve got creativity and ingenuity . Kudos to you for making such a nice build project. It looks appealing and elegant to me. Refined.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#11 posted 526 days ago

Beautiful bed! I love walnut, and the contrast is eye-catching. You’ll enjoy that forever.

-- Chad in Charleston, SC,

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#12 posted 526 days ago

Mean_Dean, I’ll take any and all Suggestions and comments. Unfortunately I had to work with limited tools and the routing table in the shop was not able to make the cuts on the legs. My arms wish it were otherwise. I even used a plane to help round out the curve a bit. Even running the legs super slow, the band saw left a very jagged edge. If I make any furniture to match and decide to incorporate the curve feature, I will make sure to use a template to guide a router bit. I predict much less sanding!

Thanks for the comment!


-- Civilize the mind, make savage the body

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#13 posted 526 days ago

now all youll want to do is sleep! That’s ine awesome bed.

-- mike c

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#14 posted 526 days ago

Are the bed posts soild pieces of wood or are they milled? If so how did you make them?

-- God is good..All the time

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#15 posted 526 days ago

Awesome. Pure awesome. Good job!

-- Jay - or

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