Murphy Bed

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Blog series by Gene47 updated 05-06-2009 06:15 AM 16 parts 37710 reads 35 comments total

Part 1: Part 1

04-18-2009 03:46 PM by Gene47 | 2 comments »

After several months of planning and measuring as well as saving up the bucks to do this thing I started on my Murphy Bed with side Cabinets for one of our spare bedrooms. Since I live in a double wide mfg home this makes the most sense to free up the space in a modest 11×12 foot bedroom. I decided to use the hardware system from You can purchase this hardware kit from several different sources anywhere from $279 to $299. I found that the ones that were selli...

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Part 2: Part 2

04-18-2009 03:58 PM by Gene47 | 1 comment »

I already had the pieces for the inner frame ripped and cut to length so I thought I would get the inner frame assembled today. The first thing I did was set up a stop system so I could keep the pieces aligned from end to end. Then since I am pretty sure I will be building at least 2 maybe 3 more of these I made a story stick for the hole locations that hold the cross frame members in a “L” shape. Then it was a matter of putting one piece between the stops laying dow...

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Part 3: Part 3

04-18-2009 04:12 PM by Gene47 | 3 comments »

I spent a couple of hours going over a suggestion that maybe I should make the bed outer case deeper so I can make the cabinets deeper so I got out the cutlist program and put in the new numbers and no matter what I came up with I was at least one sheet of plywood short. We choose Mahogany for this project and at $73.00 a sheet along with a 100 mile round trip to get it we just went back to the original plans. So off I went and using my new Gorilla Gripper carried the 1st sheet over to ...

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Part 4: Part 4

04-19-2009 05:37 AM by Gene47 | 1 comment »

Last time I got a mite confused on laying out the hardware on the side rails and came very close to making a boo boo. Before I got too far I went back to the DVD and watched a segment that cleared things up. You put the left rail on the right and the right rail on the left with the top facing away from you. It is very important that the hardware gets mounted correctly in relation to a 1” dia hole that is bored thru each side rail. Once I got all that figured out I and done I tran...

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Part 5: Face Panels

04-19-2009 04:21 PM by Gene47 | 2 comments »

Had an enjoyable day but again what day is not enjoyable when you get to spend it making sawdust? The first thing I did today is finish out my location jig so that for all future beds I will be able to align the pieces in the jig mark all the locations and do a quick check with the ruler and drill and cut. The first pic shows the jig with all of the holes and locations finished and properly marked. The second one shows the jig in position to lay out the opening for the Left Panel Lockin...

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Part 6: Face Frame Assembly

04-19-2009 04:36 PM by Gene47 | 2 comments »

Thursday I spent most of the morning researching for a spray gun then did some sanding and got what I have done so far ready to assemble. Friday I got some small things finished up getting ready to make the final push to complete the outer case for the bed. Before going out to the shop I confirmed my order for a new HVLP spray gun and it should be here by the first of the week. I then attached the frame structure to the face panels using construction adhesive and screws. Then ...

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Part 7: Cutting, Installing Molding, Staining Face

04-20-2009 06:01 AM by Gene47 | 5 comments »

I got my moldings yesterday and started cutting it to size today. I went with a rather inexpensive precut molding in order to keep the cost down a little. I considered using Sepele but the molding would have cost more than the bed. So here I am cutting my moldings into picture frames to put on the face panels. Then I put them out to make sure everything looked right. Once I was satisfied with everything I put a coat of stain on before I attached them to the face frame. Sin...

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Part 8: No Action Today

04-21-2009 05:06 AM by Gene47 | 1 comment »

Well today was kind of slow but I did accomplish a few things just not in the shop. My new HVLP spray gun arrived this morning, and I have to say that those guys from GleemPaint are on the ball.Ordered the gun Friday and arrived on Monday with standard shipping now that is the way to do business. I had decided to finish this bed with lacquer and it was recommended by a fellow LJ member that a good product for a rookie such as myself would be a pre-cat lacquer that is fast drying and wou...

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Part 9: Misc chores and things

04-22-2009 04:44 PM by Gene47 | 0 comments »

Yesterday was a day of taking care of all the things that get neglected when we are in the shop having fun. There has been quite a bit of rain here and it was finally dry enough to cut some grass. I have about 2 1/2 acres here, not all has grass on it but enough that it takes about 3 hours to cut it all. Then some new headlights arrived for our old 96 Ford Escort and I needed to put those in. By that time the day was pretty well shot. Today I have am going to clean off the front a...

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Part 10: Outside Cabinet Verticals, Headboard, & Header

04-24-2009 05:53 PM by Gene47 | 1 comment »

After a couple of days of mowing grass, moving all the plants out of the greenhouse/paint booth and cleaning up things I managed to get back in the shop and do some work today. After all the clean up I took the assembled frame and moved it to the cleaned out section that I have up front in the shop. I originally enclosed a 10×10 section with heavy plastic so LOML can bring her plants in to winter over. I then proceeded to cut the outer Cabinet Verticals, Headboard and Header Board ...

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Part 11: Sanded and Stained Outer Case Parts

04-24-2009 09:35 PM by Gene47 | 2 comments »

Well this morning I got out to the shop and sanded all of the outer case sides, headboard, and header. Then after sweeping the shop real good and then running the shop vac I let the air cleaner run for about an hour. I then cleaned off all the parts once again and got out the stain and put a coat of stain on everything. All that’s left to do now is let it dry and I will be ready to start something new for me and that is spraying lacquer. I have several test pieces as...

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Part 12: Spray Gun Practice

04-28-2009 01:14 AM by Gene47 | 2 comments »

Well today I went out and bought myself a good respirator to use when spraying paint and lacquer. Then after getting back home I went out and put some mineral spirits in my new spray gun and set up a large piece of cardboard and went to adjusting and practicing. I think I have the air adjustments very close to what needs to be when I actually start spraying the lacquer. I will just have to spend a few minutes adjusting the material flow once I get real lacquer in the gun. I also fiddle...

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Part 13: Lacquer applied - first coats

04-29-2009 12:42 PM by Gene47 | 7 comments »

After a couple of days of getting my nerve up to tackle the spraying of lacquer I made the plunge today. I am using ML Campbell’s Pre-Cat Lacquer with a Wagner HVLP Conversion Spray Gun. I did a little practice on a large piece of cardboard and then some more on the inside of the bed frame that will never be seen by anyone. After some tinkering with the controls I finally got a pretty nice pattern. I then sprayed the outer case, headboard, and header with one coat on each side....

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Part 14: Lacquer - Finish Coats

05-01-2009 01:23 AM by Gene47 | 1 comment »

Well this morning I smoothed up the pieces with a quick sanding of 400 grit and then blew off all the dust and wiped down with a tack cloth. I then sprayed a finish coat of lacquer on the inside of the bed frame as well as both sides of the outer case verticals, header and head board. The only thing left to do is put a finish coat or maybe two on the outer face of the bed frame that is exposed when the bed is folded up. I was going to do that this afternoon but had a breakdown with m...

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Part 15: Finish Coats - Ready to Assemble

05-01-2009 11:29 PM by Gene47 | 2 comments »

Today I applied the finish coats of lacquer to all of the pieces. After a couple of hours of drying time I put all of the hardware pieces on, installed the legs as well as the center fake legs/ pull handles. I have come to the conclusion that I need a lot of help with using a spray gun. I either left out a step or do not have the settings right but even though I got a pretty nice finish it is not a really really nice finish that I have achieved with my hand applied finishes in the past....

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Part 16: Final Assembly and Installation

05-06-2009 06:15 AM by Gene47 | 3 comments »

After 3 days of raining I finally was able to bring the main bed assembly up to the house to get ready for the final assembly and installation. The first thing I did was place the main assembly face down on the floor and set the outer case verticals on each side. After inseting the pivot pins of each vertical into the mating piece on the bed frame I used the E-clips to lock them in place. I then placed the head board in position and since I did not have one clamp that would span the ent...

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