Cherry Day Bed

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Project by Ryan Brown posted 09-23-2009 04:34 AM 2733 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well here it is!

I finally got around to getting a finish on my cherry day bed the other day. Now I can call it “Finished” Ha! This was my first large wood working project.

We knew we had some company coming to visit and looked all over for a day bed since my parents would be in town too. Well, we couldn’t find anything we really liked in any store, and what we saw was either metal or really cheaply made. So, I decided to build one!

My wife and I like the clean lines of arts and crafts style furniture, but aren’t huge fans of oak. This should also have some accents (the name escapes me right now) to be true to form, but we thought it would look better this way. That’s the great thing about making your own stuff, you can do whatever you want!

You can see that this project was put together in SketchUp, and man I wish I had known about Cut List before I did it! It would have made the layout go a lot faster!

All of the lumber started out as rough cut that I bought from a guy on Craigslist, and I had no idea how much figure some of the wood would have. Most of the boards I was able to keep at just under 1” thick. Legs are three piece laminations. Front and back rails are 31/32” thick, and sides are 15/16” thick. The slats are all 3/4” thick with 3/8” tenons fitting into dados in the rails with spacers in between. All of the edges were chamfored with a 45 degree router bit. I don’t have a bandsaw, so the arcs were cut with a jig saw and then smoothed out with a flat bottom spokeshave. Had I not been in a time crunch (had company coming and it needed to be used!) I would have used mortise and tenon joints to attach the side rails to the legs. But, I think that the pocket holes and plugs add some visual interest on the sides. Looking at it now, I sort of wish I thought to use maple or walnut plugs instead…maybe on another project.

The knock-down hardware is just the stuff from WoodCraft. I used an entire quart of Watco Danish Oil natural color because we wanted something very durable.

It was a fun project! If anyone is interested in the SketchUp model let me know and I’d be happy to send it to you!

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, you have an electrical problem. Roanoke, VA

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#1 posted 09-23-2009 05:16 AM

Looks great, I like the design as well and the cherry is beautiful. Very good build.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#2 posted 09-23-2009 05:19 AM

Very very nice day bed cool design and wonderful wood


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#3 posted 09-23-2009 05:54 AM

Great Lookin Day Bed

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#4 posted 09-23-2009 06:46 AM

Congrats! It looks really nice.

-- Craig, Springfield Ohio

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#5 posted 09-23-2009 10:16 AM

Very good looking bed and the wood is great too. I wouldn’t worry about the lack of mortise and tenon construction. I made some corner sofas for my son using dowel construction when he was 15 and now he’s 43 and he had them until he remodeled his house a couple of years ago.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 09-23-2009 01:15 PM

Ryan, this is a nice piece of fine furniture that you have added to your home. The day bed looks good and what is not to like about the style as well as the cherry. Both were excellent choices. I am sure that the thrill of cutting all those m&t joints wore off after the first few were completed but they are well worth the effort that you put into the piece.

Nice job.

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

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#7 posted 09-23-2009 01:44 PM

nice job.

id like to see pics of it with the mattress installed if you have any

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#8 posted 09-23-2009 02:31 PM

Nice day bed.

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#9 posted 09-23-2009 03:09 PM

Very Nice. Great job!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#10 posted 09-23-2009 03:34 PM

Great looking piece!

That’s a lot of tenons to cut.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 09-23-2009 04:28 PM

Very nice indeed. I made one out of oak with a trundle bed under. Was my first big project also. More work than I expected but worth it.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#12 posted 09-23-2009 10:19 PM

Excellent work. I love the clean lines. I am also a big fan of Watco Danish Oil for cherry.

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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