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Project by OakHill posted 07-07-2013 12:48 PM 1586 views 7 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Several years ago my wife and I decided to create a Family/TV room in the unfinished half of our basement (the other half my shop). We added a half bath, suspended ceiling, customized cabinets with a desk, a built in electric fireplace and to make it a “Guest Suite”, a Murphy bed.

Several guests who have used the room have complimented us on its comfort.

The hardware and basic building plans were purchased from ‘Create-A-Bed’. The hardware includes: brackets & pistons for opening and closing, hinges for the legs, & latches for keeping it closed. Included in the purchased package are ‘cut dimensions’ for the wood components. The final exterior design is left up to the individual.

The bed uses a standard queen size inner spring mattress.

The cabinet is made from 3/4 “ Oak faced plywood. I made bullnose edging and glued it to the plywood top. Where internal framing was required I chose #1 Choice pine because of its dimensional stability. Across the bottom front a pine board was added to support the base moulding. The front was trimmed out to look like doors using oak ‘Panel Moulding’ from Home Depot.

The stain I used was obtained from “KraftMaid” cabinet manufacturing company. The color is their “Autum Blush”. I wanted to match the existing design and finish of a kitchen cabinet previously built as close as possible so I took the cabinet door to our local “KDA” dealer and matched the stain. They were able to purchase a quart of the stain from “KraftMaid”. Since the kitchen project I had used this commercial grade stain on several other projects. I prefer this product for its staining characteristic and ease of use.

Two coats of ‘Coronado Aqua-Plastic Urethane’ were used for the finish. Very easy to apply,
self leveling and fast drying.

-- John, Illinois, http://OakHillWoodCreations.com





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#1 posted 07-07-2013 02:53 PM

Beautiful Murphy bed,nice work.

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#2 posted 07-07-2013 05:20 PM

Very nice looking Murphy bed, the veneered ply looks great…great job all round….well done.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#3 posted 07-08-2013 02:11 AM

it really turned out great

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#4 posted 07-09-2013 07:03 PM

Very beautiful. What a great addition to the room.

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#5 posted 07-09-2013 07:13 PM

This is a really nice piece. You did a fine job on it.

elluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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#6 posted 07-10-2013 02:45 PM

Fantastic Murphy bed! Looks well constructed and comfortable, great design and finish. Great work!

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OakHill

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#7 posted 07-10-2013 06:33 PM

Thank you for the nice comments.

-- John, Illinois, http://OakHillWoodCreations.com

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#8 posted 07-22-2013 09:39 AM

Really cool bed.Great design.A Murphy bed is a great choice for a bed, whether its intended use is by a guest or by you every night.A Murphy bed should be a lasting fixture in your home, and one that you are able to enjoy year after year.

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