Mission Bed for Christmas

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Project by paperjam posted 114 days ago 802 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Christmas present for my wife. I started it Dec 2 and finished Dec 19.

It is my first project built from plans (FWW). I slightly modified a few dimensions to better fit our mattress set.
The bed is all cherry finished with natural stain and blonde shellac.

I never thought I would get this done in time for Christmas, but I am a farmer and it has been nasty outside so plenty of shop time in the past three weeks. Soon I will get it moved out of the shop and into the bedroom where I can take pics of it in its intended environment.

Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 114 days ago

Looks great! What was your finishing method?

-- Jamie McDonald, Buford GA

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#2 posted 114 days ago

Great job!

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#3 posted 114 days ago

Looks like a great bed. What was your hardware choice, drop-in style clips or concealed bed bolts?


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

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#4 posted 114 days ago

Beautiful. I see a couple of bedside tables, dresser and mirror in your future. :)

-- Time is what keeps everything from happening all at once.

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#5 posted 113 days ago

Looks great! Nice pace for 17 days!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 113 days ago

Great looking bed—the cherry really turned out very nicely.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 113 days ago

Well done. I have built that same bed even used cherry. You sure it isn’t from Wood magazine.

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#8 posted 113 days ago

Thanks for the nice words everyone. The finish is Minwax Natural stain applied with a rag and then I sprayed 3 coats of blonde shellac, sanding with 400grit only after the first coat. I used mortised hangers to attach the side rails. Also, the plans i used are from Wood Magazine, not FWW.

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#9 posted 113 days ago

Great looking bed. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#10 posted 113 days ago

looks spot-on. Congratulations on such a beautiful execution.

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#11 posted 109 days ago

Gorgeous. I am going to make similar bed for our basement. Curious about the spindles. Are the ends directly fit into mortises (without tenons)? Also what are the dimensions of the spindles (they look about 5/8” or 3/4” square).

Thanks and once again, nice work.

Ron G
McLean VA

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#12 posted 104 days ago

Here are a few more pictures. The first two show the spacer strips and how they insert into the rails. The last one is the finished bed in its new home. Enjoy!

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#13 posted 104 days ago

Wow. Nice job. I’m fascinated by the spacer strips. I’ve never seen it done like that. Do you rip a dado up center of the edge of the rail and drop the spacer strip in it?

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