Walnut Bed

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Project by verw0003 posted 472 days ago 2170 views 17 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I told my wife about a month ago that I was going to build a bed upon which generations would be conceived. Having seen many designs on LJ’s (Alin Dobra, WoodenSoldier, et. al) I put together an acceptable plan on Sketchup. The bed is mostly made from local walnut in Iowa. The posts are made from ~8” diameter trees that were felled in a flood a few years ago. I had to cut the trees longitudinally with a reciprocating saw with a 9” blade (which took several days), but after a several passes on the jointer and planer, they were 4” x 4” square. Curves of the posts were cut on the bandsaw. The curves on the long boards were cut with a jig saw. Being that I move quite frequently I chose not to build with permanent mortise and tenon, but rather Rockler break-down hardware. The head and foot board are held with mortise and tenon, but the rest of the bed, including the middle support rail and detachable for easy dis-assembly. The back floating panels are burl veneer on a maple substrate. Thanks again for the inspiration LJ’s.

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#1 posted 472 days ago

Man that was a lot of sanding! With almost every part curved that really added to your workload. In the end it was worth the extra effort because it looks great.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 472 days ago

Great job…very nice work.

-- Wayne - Plymouth MN

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#3 posted 472 days ago

Beautiful bed. Really interesting design. Now, time to get working on that next generation…

-- Dave S., Bellingham, WA

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#4 posted 472 days ago

Great Job.

-- Todd

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#5 posted 472 days ago

Very cool design great build.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 471 days ago

Very beautiful bed. I love walnut :)

-- Jay - or

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#7 posted 471 days ago

Geez. Wish I could do that in a month. That’d take me a year.

Awesome job

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#8 posted 471 days ago

nice design. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#9 posted 471 days ago

You did a very nice job on this. It looks great.

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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#10 posted 471 days ago

Really cool and challenging design!

Now I hope all those conceptions go as well as the construction. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 471 days ago

Thats beautiful! I love the figure in the headboard and the legs are FANTASTIC! I haven’t worked up the courage to do anything so big as a bed yet but I’ve got ideas eventually to do one. You did it right! Nice job!

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#12 posted 471 days ago

Man, there have been some great looking beds on LJ’s lately! And your’s in one of the best!

I gotta make me one of those one of these days…....!

-- Dean

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#13 posted 471 days ago

great job

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#14 posted 469 days ago

Really beautiful walnut bed.Walnut wood is known for being strong and good looking.Wooden beds are one of the most versatile furniture pieces that offers smart and subtle look with excellent durability and functionality.

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#15 posted 452 days ago

What a beautiful bed! I’m hoping to build one very similar to it (structurally—don’t think I’m going to go for those curves just yet, although they work beautifully). It’s great to see that it can turn out so well. Really inspiring.

How are you liking the Rockler break-down hardware? If you don’t mind, which hardware specifically are you using? I see they have a lot of options, so I’m trying to figure out which works best for this type of design.

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