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Forum topic by COMO posted 04-14-2012 01:59 PM 1047 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-14-2012 01:59 PM

The boss started talking about biological clocks and the such and suddenly I found my self with the challenge of combining her craft room with our office/spare bedroom. We don’t have a baby on the way yet but I decided this should be done before so if the time occurs I am not scrambling trying to start a nursery and an office. Until this time I have gotten away with blaming progress on the huge desk sitting in the spare room. Well last night I got home just in time to help load it in the back of a truck and as soon as they left my wife told me to get to it. So now the decisions have to be made. I already have a hardware kit from rockler but haven’t decided what material to use. My wife wants something that can be painted. My plan is to include the murphy bed, a built in desk, and a set of shelves along the one wall of the room. What material to you think would be best? Also we have been contemplating new flooring in the bedrooms. I assume before the project is started would be the best time for this. Any experiences or advice would be greatly appreciated

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#1 posted 04-14-2012 02:08 PM

Lumberjock “Chris Davis” at is the grand master of Murphy beds…

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#2 posted 04-14-2012 05:34 PM

Floor first.

The Murphy is largely plywood, so you want good stuff. Paint grade gives you an opportunity to go with a less costly face veneer. I’d stay away from MDF because of the joinery that’s involved but Chris Davis may have better, contrary information there. I’ve built three of these from the Rockler kits and if you pay attention in construction, they work really well.



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#3 posted 04-14-2012 05:58 PM

I am in the process of building my first Murphy bed. We wanted a natural finish. I’m going with red oak and using a C3 grade plywood. Its the best I can get in my area, without spending $125+ per sheet. I’m going to include bookshelves on each side.

I spent last week end preping the room (paint, new rug etc…) The wall that I will install the bed is complete with the exception of the base molding.

If I were painting, I’d use birch plywood or some other closed grained material as this would be easier to paint without the grain telegraphing through the finish. I would highly recommend using plywood, not particleboard or MDF. Your plywood does need to be flat (and I can never find a flat sheet of ply at my local Lowes)

I completed the bed struts this morning, and I’m getting ready to start cutting the plywood.

As Kindlingmaker pointed out, the Chris Davis site has lots of ideas.

-- Nicky

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