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Forum topic by LUMBERGAL posted 02-19-2010 03:32 PM 5420 views 1 time favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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LUMBERGAL

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02-19-2010 03:32 PM

Hi there,
We’re about to design a contemporary king sized bed. Should be a fairly easy project. Any ideas on a great finish or style would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks.


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richgreer

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#1 posted 02-19-2010 03:39 PM

I’m also making a king sized bed and I spent a LOT of time trying to decide on a design. If you go to www.finewoodworker.com and search the word “shoji” you will find a listing for a shoji inspired bed (third down). That is the design I have settled on. I’m going to build it with bubinga and quilted maple just like the one pictured but you could save a lot of money by selecting different (cheaper) woods.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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KayBee

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#2 posted 02-19-2010 05:57 PM

richgreer, finewoodworker.com just shows chairs. Really nice Maloof type chairs, but no beds. Did you mean finewoodworking.com?

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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richgreer

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#3 posted 02-19-2010 06:07 PM

I did mean “www.finewoodworking.com” I apologize for any confusion. I guess that was my “little bit of stupid”.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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KayBee

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#4 posted 02-19-2010 06:29 PM

Rich, we all have our days, moments, whatever : ) Nice bed, look forward to seeing pics.

Lumbergal, platform bases with storage underneath look good for contemporary designs. Something almost asian like Rich is doing works well. Do you mean a more Danish modern or funky modern type?

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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richgreer

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#5 posted 02-19-2010 09:28 PM

If I wanted to do funky I would start with the Asian design I am using, eliminate the curves in the bed posts and top rails, and use all sorts of different woods and/or woods with different colors (via dying).

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Glen Peterson

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#6 posted 02-20-2010 04:23 AM

I built a bed for my daughter last year. She’s a kid and it’s just a double size, not king, but I used a book called Beds froj Taunton Press and I found it very useful for ideas. She wanted one of those Swedish foam matresses so I ended up building her a platform bed. I’d also take a look at the Free Woodworking Plans site.
Their URL is http://www.freewoodworkingplan.com/. They have 10 pages of plans for beds and bedroom furniture.

-- Glen

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smoke

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#7 posted 02-23-2010 12:57 AM

I have made only one platform bed which turned out pretty good. you can put drawers in it for extra storage if needed, but they would need to be pulled totally out in order to get to anything inside. i’ve got a few pics if you want to check them out

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Scott10

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#8 posted 02-23-2010 05:21 AM

This was my first mortise/tenon project. Its a mission style queen bed (white oak) I built for my 9 yr old son. Turned out very well. Used a picture he found on google images and just winged it from there.

http://s947.photobucket.com/albums/ad319/wlkbbrer/?action=view&current=1-18-2010154.jpg&newest=1

Very similar to this bed with some minor changes, less/larger slats, no caps on posts.
http://www.countrysidecabinetry.com/bedroom_suites/Old_English_Mission/vintage_mission_bed.htm

-- Scott

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