King Size Mission Style Bed #4: It's finally done!

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Blog entry by IowaWoodcrafter posted 06-08-2008 09:47 AM 13840 reads 4 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, I finally finished the bed! Yes, I mean just finished it at 2:00 in the morning. I wanted it done so I can work on some other projects. It’s been a long time in the works. There was still snow on the ground when I started. I’ve included some photos of the finished product. Tomorrow I’m going to add a new project and include photos of the bed assembled in the bedroom with the quilt my wife made.

I live in Iowa very near the Amana Colonies. The wife and I were there a couple weeks ago, the first time I’ve ever been. While there we went to the furniture factory store. They semi mass produce their furniture. They batch the parts but then hand assemble each one. I’ve attached a link to their web site. They make a mission style bed. Once at the web site click the “Beds” link and then the “Mission all slat bed”. I have to say that the wife and I agreed that it wasn’t as good as the bed I was making.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#1 posted 06-08-2008 12:38 PM

Looks teriffic! You really have something to be proud of there! Gorgeous wood!


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#2 posted 06-08-2008 01:06 PM


This looks good. I am a fan of mission style furniture and you did well on this piece. I am sure the novelty and excitement of cutting all those mortises wore off quickly.

This is a nice post.

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

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#3 posted 06-08-2008 01:39 PM

Very impressive Owen. a piece of furniture that will last a lifetime or two or more.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 06-09-2008 03:25 AM

Wow, Owen!! What an impressive project!

Thanks so much for taking time, not only to show us the photos of your progress, but also for describing your solutions to the problems that arose.

Keep it up…and share more, more, more.

Oh, and one question: Where did you get the plans for this bed? Maybe you told us, but I haven’t found that info yet.

Looking forward to the next chapter of your terrific saga!

-- Larry Anderson, Tupelo, MS -- Shopsmith owner

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#5 posted 06-09-2008 06:13 AM

very nice. Sleep well my friend you deserve it.

-- Pyromedic602, free wood is always good wood

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#6 posted 06-10-2008 06:06 PM

Very nice looking bed you have many comfortable nights ahead of you. Enjoy

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#7 posted 06-13-2008 12:20 AM

What a great looking bed. Well done!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#8 posted 06-13-2008 06:24 AM

LarryAnderson, The plans are from Wood Magazine.

Scott, The Wood Magazine plans reduce the number of mortises you need to cut dramatically. The only mortises were made in the bed posts. The “mortises” in the headboard and footboard are made in a very clever way, basically with a dado blade.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#9 posted 06-13-2008 07:15 AM

Excellent bed Owen! I hope you are staying dry down there…

-- Jeff, St. Paul, MN

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#10 posted 06-14-2008 12:21 AM

Very nice looking bed

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#11 posted 06-21-2008 05:07 AM

Great looking bed!! I am slowly building an entire mission style bedroom suite. Got hooked building a Morris Chair. Am currently working on a Chest of Drawers. When I get to the bed I’m sure I’ll be asking for advice. Great work.

-- Garyb6, “True simplicity does not reveal the tremendous effort it requires.” - Somerset Maugham

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#12 posted 06-21-2008 02:21 PM

That’s one good-looking bed!

-- You're a unique and special person, just like everyone else.

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#13 posted 01-01-2010 04:51 AM

Nice looking bed.

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#14 posted 01-01-2010 04:55 AM

Wow Owen
Wonderful bed just beautiful . I hope you have a mortiser. wonderful work.

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