Bed Rest

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Project by Paul Maurer posted 07-31-2014 02:34 PM 1739 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Bed restoration.

This full size bed was a gift from a friend. It was estimated by her to be 80 years old. It appears to me to be made of poplar and cherry. I think that the veneer for the headboard and foot board is cherry too, but I am unsure. The rails are veneered oak, the slats are fir.

A full size mattress has grown an inch longer since this bed was made. I am counting on enough room in the curve of the footboard to accommodate the mattress, but have cut away part of the head board to make room for the more rigid box spring. You will notice that the slats and slat hangers have been removed, also that the headboard posts have been notched and backers installed to receive an angle iron bed frame. This frame will no longer have to support a mattress.

Having received the gift late in the evening it was not until the next day that I put it together in the shop for an inspection. It had been repaired several times and refinished at least once. Where the finish had not worn away it had been worn, scratched, gouged, broken or rubbed with paint or painted. Quite an accumulation of wear and tear not to mention the dust, dirt and lint.

The repairs included a re gluing where the old glue was not removed and finish nails through the dowels were used to hold the pieces together. On the footboard on the right, inside was held together with brass strips nailed to the frame top and bottom. One of the rails had dropped the slat support more than once, it ended up being bolted on! A couple of the footboards feet were broken and numerous other cracks splits and pieces that would need to be glued back on or together.

I took all of the loose pieces apart, cleaned up the glued surfaces. Stripped everything, stained, glued, repaired and finished with water based poly and wax.

This bed will never have antique value but its beauty and usefulness have been restored.

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Paul Maurer

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#1 posted 07-31-2014 02:46 PM

The brass connection and after.

Broken feet and the repair

is that lint or felt?

new tops for the bed rails. see the springs wear on the old one?

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#2 posted 07-31-2014 03:12 PM

You must have been a dentist in an earlier life with all that grinding away, smoothing and refilling. Refinishing is a tough job, especially to make it look even after removal and new stain. Love the knee knockers on the foot board corners. Nice job, sleep well.

-- DonB

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#3 posted 07-31-2014 08:29 PM

Beautiful Bed!!! Great Job!

-- Todd, Huntsville, AL

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#4 posted 07-31-2014 11:58 PM

Very nice restoration of an old bed! It’s amazing how shabbily it was maintained over the years…......!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#5 posted 08-01-2014 04:30 AM


You did a remarkable job on that restoration. I love the bed. Sleep well!


-- “Those who would give up essential Liberty, to purchase a little temporary Safety, deserve neither Liberty nor Safety.” Benjamin Franklin -- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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Paul Maurer

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#6 posted 08-01-2014 03:48 PM

Thank you all for the appreciative comments.

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