murphy's log bed

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Project by spike posted 07-28-2008 09:10 PM 1700 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

i just finished my son’s log bed i’ve been working on for the past few weeks though i have to apply the finish. i used black walnut on the rails and spindles.
to make the bed, i searched the net on building log furniture and combined a few different techniques…in a way. to cut the mortises for the rails to fit into, i made a pattern box out of scrap plywood, guestimated the center points of the log ends, screwed a block of wood on each end to keep it level and centered the logs in the pattern box. i made a pattern from mdf for the mortises and cut them using a top mounted bearing pattern bit with my router. it took more tinkering that blood, sweat and tears, but everything went together like a charm. everything was put together using pockethole screws with pine plugs to give some contrast against the walnut.
i have to apply the finish yet, but he’s enjoying the bed so far.
i’m a virgin to posting any projects so i hope this upload works….
thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 07-28-2008 09:13 PM

very original.beautiful works

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#2 posted 07-28-2008 10:33 PM

Sorry, Spike, but that’s not a Murphy bed. :]. Nice job. I’m sure that boy enjoys his new bed. Thanks for the post.

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#3 posted 05-17-2009 08:30 AM

I think this is inspiring.. I especially like the use of plugs in the pocket screw holes for contrast… even tho I dont use pocket hole screws.. maybe I should start.. any way very nice project that is appreciated by the client..

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#4 posted 05-17-2009 06:44 PM

Hey Spike
cool bed

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