Cecilia's mission style bed

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Project by Julian posted 09-30-2008 06:28 PM 1741 views 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project started out as a simple bedframe for my daughter who had just recently outgrown her crib. Of course as many of you know, nothing can be left simple. I had to go all out for my little girl, and give her something that was unlike any other. I used african mahogany, tiger maple, with bloodwood accents.

The design is based off of a mission style bed, with a bit of my own flair added. The project was finished with a waterbased poly, so the color of the snow white maple would be preserved.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#1 posted 10-01-2008 12:34 PM

That is a beautiful bed destined to become an heirloom. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#2 posted 10-03-2008 05:54 AM

WOW! Awesome work! I’m in the same boat and need to build my daughter a bed. I’ve been looking all over the web for anything CLOSE to this. I had something like this pictured in my mind, but you’ve taken it a step beyond! So glad to see that someone out there has actually done it and to be able to actually see a picture of the (amazing) results has gotten me all fired up to get started.

Beautiful work man….I’m sure your daughter is proud of her dad!

I’m new to this, so forgive/ignore me—is it rude to ask for details on how you made it? Or what it cost you in materials?

—Josh, Gurnee, IL

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#3 posted 10-04-2008 12:39 AM

The bed was pretty much a copy of the standard mission style bed, with a few exceptions,(i.e., the rounded rectangle spindles, and routered edges onthe cap on the footboard, and headboard).

I had been collecting tiger maple for a while for other projects. The African mahogany was purchased in bulk, 500 bf of 8/4 stock,( 500 board feet of 2” thick stock) off of ebay. After sitting on all of this for a while, I came up with the idea of building my daughter a bedroom set. I couldn’t really put a price on the materials, since I didn’t pay much attention to what I used, but I can say that it wasn’t cheap. If you were to substitute regular maple in flace of the figured maple, it would bring the cost down significantly!

If you have any more questions, feel free to ask.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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