Bed Chest

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Project by _Steve posted 05-15-2010 01:23 AM 2940 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ever hear of a Bed Chest before?

My daughter was about to have a child and living in a very small older home, with no room for any night stands after squeezing in a crib, wanted a shelf of some sort to place at the head of their bed to have an area to sit items on. So I came up with what I called, a Bed Chest. Insired by an early american Dough Box, I came up with this design.

With my daughter being a modern day naturalist, I decided to make it out of some Yellow Bud Hickory I sawed out from some logs that had bird peck. I tried to show case all the natural beauty of the wood, including the sapwood, tight knots, mineral steaks, and yes, bird peck. The material had been air dried for 10 years or longer,

I still had a little separation on the glue joints of the wide face boards to the sides. I ended up screwing them and plugging with contrasting plugs.

Since completing the Bed Chest, I have added a quilt stand and a platform bed out of the same material to the set, will posting them soon. I’m sure I’ll be looking at a dresser down the road ;)

-- McMaker Woodworks, Where you can give directive for a pending antique.

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#1 posted 05-15-2010 04:19 AM

awesome idea!!! I live in a smaller home and space is really important. the chest looks like it will come in very handy. Nice Work!

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#2 posted 05-15-2010 07:12 AM

i passed by this at first, then took a second look and glad i did, its a very nice piece and a great story..and i see it looks like a description is under the lid…this is what helps bring family together…making custom pieces and making them for your family…i think this will be appreciated for many many years…good job dad….

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 05-15-2010 03:51 PM

Great job!! Good idea, nice design.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 05-15-2010 04:23 PM

Great looking chest. I really like the wood. I first thought it was red cedar. Now I don’t feel I am the only one who has wood stored away for a long time. My wood has been thru 3 moves in 30 years. I had an ad in Craigs list to share my tools for space to use them in and I just received a call this morning from someone who wants to talk about this arrangement. Now maybe I can make some sawdust.
Again, thank you for sharing.

-- Bruce, Arnold MD [email protected]

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#5 posted 05-15-2010 05:06 PM

Very nice design it’s a great idea and a good build.


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#6 posted 05-17-2010 02:13 PM

I noticed a pinned in note under the lid, was this something congratulatory? The project hits upon a need that isn’t being supplied, (“thinking outside of the box” excuse the pun), which can spawn new furniture built for that same need. Great work and design.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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#7 posted 05-17-2010 07:49 PM

Hi Bradford, Under the lid is a “CERTIFICATE OF AUTHENTICITY” presenting the bed chest to my daughter and Son-in-law from my wife and me, Material used & age, where built and date. I do know it is very handy for them for needed storage along with a plce to put a night time glass of water. I’m flattered with the compiments on my design, I’d better get off to the patent office, huh? lol. Thanks for everyone’s complements!

-- McMaker Woodworks, Where you can give directive for a pending antique.

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#8 posted 05-28-2010 11:06 PM

good looking chest


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#9 posted 06-24-2010 03:21 AM

Good ideas put into action equals a great looking project! You did a superb job and encouraged me to make one sometime. Keep up the good ideas and great work Steve.


-- Jeremy, Gary,Indiana

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