King Excalibur

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Blog entry by Chris Davis posted 06-11-2009 01:31 PM 1935 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:


More Ripping


Fluted molding

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

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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.

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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.
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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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