Painted Maple Bed

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Project by Casey Jones posted 164 days ago 932 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bed that was made for my daughter in 2013. The legs, feet, and posts are constructed of maple. The body of the headboard and footboard are 3/4” birch plywood that was leftover from a previous project with some simple beveled maple trim that was made on the table saw. The legs each have three vertical flutes. I was originally going to paint the bed myself, but we found a seller at the Scott Antique market in Atlanta that specializes in antique painted finishes for wood furniture. For what I thought was a really reasonable fee, they took the bed with them to their paint shop up north and returned a month later during the next Scott exhibition with the finished bed. They did a fantastic job. This is my daughter’s first “big girl bed.”

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#1 posted 164 days ago

I love this bed. It is beautiful. Adding to my favorites.

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#2 posted 164 days ago

wow – not a bad step up from the crib! ha ha
love this project – excellent job

-- Greg Simon

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#3 posted 164 days ago

Great Lookin Bed

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#4 posted 164 days ago

looks great, what method did you use to hold the sideboards to the headboard and footboard?

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#5 posted 164 days ago

Lanaug, thanks. I used Rockler’s heavy duty wrought steel bed fastener hardware. It gets mortised and screwed into each piece. I’ve used the hardware on a few beds and I really like it because you can dial in the tightness of fit of the side to head and footboards by adjusting the torque on the screws. This allows you to almost friction fit the pieces together if you adjust it accordingly, and this in turn means no twist or movement on the sides.

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#6 posted 164 days ago

good to know, thanks Casey.

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#7 posted 164 days ago

nice job

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#8 posted 164 days ago

Nice job. My wife asked me the other day to build a headboard and footboard for our daughter’s new room. Did you make those finials or buy them?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#9 posted 163 days ago

Beautiful bed, beautiful daughter. Really well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#10 posted 160 days ago

Lovely bed! Great design, like those flutes and finials. Beautiful color and finish, very nice vintage look. She will use it forever. Great job!

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