Mission Bed for Christmas

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Project by paperjam posted 12-23-2013 03:54 PM 1631 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 12-23-2013 04:32 PM

Looks great! What was your finishing method?

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#2 posted 12-23-2013 06:26 PM

Great job!

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#3 posted 12-23-2013 06:43 PM

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


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#4 posted 12-23-2013 07:02 PM

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

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#5 posted 12-23-2013 09:46 PM

Looks great! Nice pace for 17 days!

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#6 posted 12-23-2013 11:49 PM

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

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#7 posted 12-24-2013 01:51 AM

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 12-24-2013 03:03 AM

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 12-24-2013 04:27 AM

Great looking bed. Well done.

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#10 posted 12-24-2013 12:01 PM

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

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#11 posted 12-28-2013 06:02 PM

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 01-02-2014 05:03 AM

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 01-02-2014 02:21 PM

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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