Building a Murphy Bed using the Create-A-Bed hardware

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Forum topic by Mark_D posted 09-18-2009 09:19 PM 2215 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-18-2009 09:19 PM

I plan to build a queen size vertical Murphy bed using the Create-A-Bed hardware that can be obtained from Rockler. The plans say that the bed side rails must be made of plywood, instead of solid wood, because of the stress on these parts.

I have a pile of Mahogany that I want to use for this project and I would really like to use the solid Mahogany for the complete bed, side rails included, rather than use edge banded plywood.

I’m usually a stickler for following instructions but I really want to use solid wood. Has anyone tried building this unit using solid lumber?

Thanks in advance,

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#1 posted 09-18-2009 10:50 PM

I don’t have an answer to your question, but I’m thinking seriously about building a murphy bed for our guest room. I’ll be anxious to see how yours progresses…

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#2 posted 09-18-2009 10:55 PM

So many people would build those using pine lumber, and that would create a problem with the strength. I don’t see any reason not to use solid wood as long as it is a good hardwood like Mahogany, Oak, Maple, or Walnut.

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#3 posted 09-19-2009 03:09 AM

I guess that the strenght is what you are looking for. Don’t scrimp on the sizes and you should be OK.

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#4 posted 10-01-2009 08:01 PM

I had heard from several people that only plywood should be used for the bed side rails . I called Create-A-Bed technical support and they confirmed that only plywood should be used for the bed side rails. He said the problem is that the side board is where all the stress at at when opening and closing the bed. He said that cracking can occur from the holes where the bed hardware attaches. So, I guess I’ll bite the bullet and use edge banded plywood for the side rails.

Which brings me to my next question. I bought a pickup truck load of lumber from a guy at work and I have been told that it’s Mahogany. IN looking to see what Mahogany plywood is available I find that there are several species of Mahogany. Does anyone know of a good reference for determining what wood species I have?

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#5 posted 10-01-2009 10:55 PM

if you already know what wood you have, you can go to the

You can look up some mahogony species and view pictures.

the site is not as useful for identifying unknown woods.

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