Curly Cherry Bed

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Project by marc_rosen posted 09-12-2009 02:45 PM 4238 views 13 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hiya folks. This is my first real piece of furniture that I made in 2007. Prior to this I produced several items for my house such as kitchen cabinets, bathroom cabinets, doors, and a lot of carpentry type projects. On our 20th Wedding Anniversary my wife said I should build a bed so we went to hardwood dealer and bought a lot of figured and FAS cherry. Two monhts later – with her help applying the finish – we had this. From some of the leftover I made matching nightstands. Sorry about the paucity of pictures but I rarely take time to documnet the stuff I do. That may change since I’ve discovered this site.
The plans were an adaptation from plans I saw in a magazine but differ completely in their implementation. All joinery is mortise (holow chisel mortiser) and tenon (saws, router). The railsa re secured into the legs with half inch walnut dowels, 3/4 length of the posts so they only show on the back face. The finish is a wipe on polyurethane. Some people have called this Shaker Style and others told me it looks like Arts and Crafts. Since I always look at life with a sense of humor I call this style Shark Raft.

Oh, by the way; I was introduced to Lumberjocks at my initiation meeting into the (Baltimore) Woodpeckers Club last week. Marc

-- Windsurfing, Woodworking, Weaving, and Woodducks. "Most woodworkers are usually boring holes"

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Mike Pousson

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#1 posted 09-12-2009 03:26 PM

Absolutely beautiful. Simplicity is the key to beauty for me. Well done!!!

-- Mike in Waubaushene, ON

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#2 posted 09-12-2009 03:28 PM

The bed came out fantastic and having your honey involved only makes it that much more special.

I have a question for you, wont it get cold sleeping on the porch? :)

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#3 posted 09-12-2009 03:34 PM

Good job sir.
Beautiful wood and some nice design elements in there.
I have done a few projects with the wife involved, and they are fun.

As a fellow Marylander, welcome to LJs

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 09-12-2009 03:40 PM

Hey Guys,
Thanks for the compliments, I appreciate them very much. To answer Innovators question; That’s why we keep the ducks around. Marc

-- Windsurfing, Woodworking, Weaving, and Woodducks. "Most woodworkers are usually boring holes"

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#5 posted 09-12-2009 03:52 PM

beautiful. i love it.
great job!

-- Dominique Barbier - Dallas, TX

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#6 posted 09-12-2009 04:29 PM

Very Nice Bed Marc looks great.


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#7 posted 09-12-2009 04:54 PM

A beautiful Bed. Nice job and on the Shark design.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 09-12-2009 05:09 PM

Beautiful bed and the wood is gorgous. I like your design. Great job and thanks for sharing.

-- John @

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#9 posted 09-12-2009 05:34 PM

Awesome ! What type of hardware you use to connect the rails?

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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#10 posted 09-12-2009 05:36 PM

. Beautiful wood and a gorgeous result; Cherry is my favorite wood. I really like what you have achieved here. Did you use a pattern or come up with your own design?

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#11 posted 09-12-2009 06:26 PM

Funny, when I first saw it, I thought it was mission style, so you’ll have to come up with a new portmaneau!

-- The difference between being defeated and admitting defeat is what makes all the difference in the world - Upton Sinclair, "The Jungle"

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matt garcia

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#12 posted 09-12-2009 07:05 PM

That is gorgeous!!

-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#13 posted 09-13-2009 02:47 AM

You did a very nice job on your bed. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#14 posted 09-13-2009 01:45 PM

Hello All,
Thank you for the compliments, they’re going to my head and now I won’t be able to get my Trend on. I don’t know how to make an immediate reply beneath your respective comments so I’ll reply here;
Roz: I saw plans for a Cherry bed in Woodsmith Mag but was disappointed with its design. They did not use true mortises for the slats- instead they cut grooves in sets of split rails and glued them around the slats to give an appearance of M&T. They capped the head and footboard rails with a horrizontal piece that had corners which I thought would become hazardous if I bumped against them walking to the bed. My design just stripped down the unnecessary but added time in the fabrication process. My slats have 3/8×3/4 tenons each end fitted into the same size mortise in the rails. The rail to post joints are 1/2×3 x 2(long) M&T. In short I used their plans as guidelines but the cuts and layouts are mine with some peripheral influence of beds I have seen.
Routerisstillmyname: I used knock down Bed Rail Connectors that have the mortise and tenon design. For security reasons I used longer screws and placed a 3/4 walnut dowel in the rails to accept the screw threads instead of screwing into endgrain. (not my original idea but sound advice.)
Thanks again for the compliments and I’m now on a “mission” to finish my shop’s latest makeover so I can start making more wooddust. Marc

-- Windsurfing, Woodworking, Weaving, and Woodducks. "Most woodworkers are usually boring holes"

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#15 posted 09-13-2009 08:31 PM

Thanks. Good idea on the dowels. I’m thinking about using bed bolts ” too much work” so not sure yet.

-- Router è ancora il mio nome.

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