Craftsman Bed

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Project by FMOmbr posted 04-01-2007 05:42 PM 4498 views 10 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made two of these beds, one for my oldest daughter and her husband (as a wedding gift) and one for my wife and me. The inspiration for this project was “In Craftsman Style, A Craftsman’s Bed” by Rich Preiss and the Mission Bed plan by American Furniture Design.

I used the Mission Bed plan for the overall design of the bed, with additional inspiration from the book In Craftsman Style. The plan had half the number of spindles, with wider spacing between them. I wanted the look from the book, so I doubled the number of spindles from the plan. Additionally I added a long corbel to each leg.

The bed was constructed of quartersawn white oak using traditional mortise and tenon construction, with the tenons pinned and covered with raised ebony plugs (with their edges gently radiused back to the surrounding wood). There are 39 spindles on both the head board and the foot board. The only hardware on the bed is the steel bed rail fasteners, which were mortised into the legs and bed rail and fastened with screws.

Each leg features quartersawn figuring on all four sides, accomplished by assembling the four boards with a locking profile.

The finish color was achieved by dying the wood (first amber yellow and then reddish brown), applying a stain and then three coats of Waterlox satin finish.

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#1 posted 04-01-2007 05:55 PM

Very nice job FMO. I am sure Dusty would approve of your mission style finish.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 04-01-2007 05:55 PM

That’s a beautiful piece of furniture, Awesome!!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#3 posted 04-01-2007 07:18 PM

Nice one, FMO! Here I’m posting little “drawrings” of the bed I plan to build, and you come along and post pictures of this awesome bed… If that’s not enough, you made TWO of ‘em! Bravo!

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#4 posted 04-01-2007 07:21 PM

This bed is very much like the one that I made for my wife and I. I like your stain choice it turned out very nice…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 04-01-2007 08:45 PM

What’s wrong with you? 3 pictures, THREE PICTURES! You’re holding out on us.
Love the work!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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dennis mitchell

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#6 posted 04-01-2007 09:12 PM

Good job!

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#7 posted 04-01-2007 10:24 PM

Terrific work FMO. Beautiful craftsmanship. Thanks for letting us see it.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#8 posted 04-02-2007 04:06 PM


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

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#9 posted 04-03-2007 06:56 PM

I picked up the WOW factor immediately. Beautiful piece of furniture. Great work.

-- Fred Childs, Pasadena, CA - - - Law of the Workshop: Any tool, when dropped, will roll to the least accessible corner.

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#10 posted 04-04-2007 03:48 AM

Great Bed. Does it sleep as well as it looks.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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