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Blog entry by Chris Davis posted 06-11-2009 01:31 PM 1527 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve started on a king size murphy bed. King is not one of the “standard” sizes. As in standard I mean there is no plans for this size. One of the problems with the king is the weight. Most of my murphy beds are perfectly counter-balanced. To help gain mechanical leverage I moved the position of the piston mounting plates. I could only move it 5/8” back. That may not seem like much but when the original distance of the pistons are 7 ½” from the pivot point, that’s about an 8% increase. That is still not enough. The last one I built weighed about 28 lbs at a 30 degree angle. I make sure the customer is aware of this before I build it for them.

As title implies this is an Excalibur murphy bed. It is a design with arched raised panel doors, fluted molding and rosettes. Since this is a king the doors will be too big to make with the arch. I had them make the styles wider to accommodate the difference.

There will also be two 18” bookcases with adjustable shelves at the top, door at the bottom, and a drink tray.

Here is some raw video of cutting and ripping the parts:

More video:
Cut/Rip

Banding

More Ripping

Crown

Fluted molding

Here are some building pictures:
Part cut out
Verticals
Header being built
Paul building the frame
The face unit face down

For more building pictures see my Current Projects link at wwbeds.com or poggyskids.com. Watch us live at:

-- Watch live video from our shop. http://wwbeds.com/live.htm



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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 06-11-2009 07:26 PM

This should be an interesting blog to follow, Chris. To be honest I was not aware that you could even build a king size murphy bed. I always thought that this was due simply to the limitation of the lift. I will be looking forward to the next installment.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 06-12-2009 02:49 AM

Yep, I’m going to watch this too. Never seen a King sized murphy bed.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#3 posted 06-12-2009 12:10 PM

Here is a couple Kings that I’ve built before.
Click for details
California king
This last one is a California King 72×84 mattress

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#4 posted 06-13-2009 03:59 AM

Great. Just looks like an oversized queen.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#5 posted 06-13-2009 05:22 AM

Another winner Murphy bed

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