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Project by FritzM posted 06-17-2008 02:00 AM 1743 views 7 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Dimensions: 40” tall x 62” wide x 3” deep
Wood: Walnut
Finish: Finish: 4 coats Oil/Varnish blend (per FWW Hot Rod Your Varnish article)

Here is the last piece of our new bedroom set (until I get the courage to tackle new dressers). The top section hides strips of LEDs that are controled with custom walnut push-button switches mounted to either side of the headboard. The fabric is wrapped around a poplar and plywood sub-frame that encapsulates 1” of high density foam. The walnut fascia and backpanel are matched pieces and all joints were assembled with dominos.

-- Fritz Oakland, Ca http://www.muegenburg.com (dedicated to my other hobby)





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bfd

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#1 posted 06-17-2008 02:23 AM

Fritz,

Awesome! This goes great with the other pieces that you have done. Can you take a picture with the LED light on? The switches are a great touch. Also
I love how the fabric ties in with the stone on your night stands. I cannot wait to see the dresser! I have to try that finish that you use.

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mdf

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#2 posted 06-17-2008 02:35 AM

Really nice. Well done!

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Nate Noe

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#3 posted 06-17-2008 04:27 AM

Very nice. A great example of ‘less is more’. The recess really highlights the clean, straight lines. And the fabric and limestone look fantastic with that natural walnut.

-- Nate, denver CO

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#4 posted 06-17-2008 04:43 AM

Looks great , very good build .

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#5 posted 06-17-2008 04:43 AM

very nice, i like the clean lines.great job

-- eric post, tallahassee FL

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#6 posted 06-17-2008 05:49 AM

Nice! I like the sap arches a lot…and overall grain orientation is very nice! That’s a button?! Neat!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#7 posted 06-17-2008 03:25 PM

This is really nice Fritz, the push-buttons are slick.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#8 posted 06-17-2008 04:04 PM

Great job. Very nice design and nice use of material.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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FritzM

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#9 posted 06-17-2008 05:16 PM

Thanks all!

bfd: Here it is with the LED’s turned on. 2 problems with LED’s; they are really expensive and the light is sort of blue white. The huge benefits are their size….. tiny, their low heat output and the fact that they are low voltage! I experimented with rope lights, T-5 fluorescents and puck fixtures. I may tweak the design to accommodate a more standard fixture with warmer light quality. I also tried several dorky looking push-button switches before coming up with the wood cap idea. I’m pretty happy with them.

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-- Fritz Oakland, Ca http://www.muegenburg.com (dedicated to my other hobby)

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bfd

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#10 posted 06-18-2008 01:03 AM

NICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
thanks for attaching the picture with the light on. I cannot wait to see the dresser. You need to market this to DWR…seriously.

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Blake

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#11 posted 06-22-2008 06:38 AM

This is sweet. I love that lighting idea… that’s the type of thing that really sets custom work apart from the rest. I also like the nice clean lines.

-- Happy woodworking! http://www.openarmsphotography.com

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#12 posted 06-22-2008 06:47 AM

Very nice. I like the padded fabric and the great lines. Thanks for sharing.

-- David, O.C., California

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Damian Penney

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#13 posted 07-03-2008 05:30 PM

Could you mix in a couple of red/yellow leds and diffuse them to get a warmer color tone?

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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FritzM

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#14 posted 07-03-2008 05:39 PM

That’s a great idea. Although, it’s like $300 worth of LED’s and it’s barely enough light to read by so until the lumen output ramps up or the cost comes down I may need to find a better alternative. I could fool around with a tinted reflector to boost the directional intensity and change the warmth too.

-- Fritz Oakland, Ca http://www.muegenburg.com (dedicated to my other hobby)

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Damian Penney

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#15 posted 07-03-2008 05:52 PM

These look like they might do the trick (couldn’t find pricing though)

“Vio LEDs combine 405 nm violet chips with proprietary phosphors to create a natural white light that meets the high standards of lighting professionals”

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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