Custom ordered swing bed

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Project by Built2Last posted 06-25-2010 11:45 PM 61283 views 26 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This swing bed is for a twin size matress, 75” by 38”. The customer sent me a picture of one she found online( it’s the green one in the last picture) and tried to get it close. I’m not real crazy about the style or the lumber but this is what she wanted and she is going to paint it. Plus, her money was almost as green as the paint on the swing she sent a picture of.

It is all from southern yellow pine, mortise and tennon joinery. All the rails are a full one inch thick. I cut the top of the posts on the bandsaw so they are one piece. Had to glue two piece of 2” together as I couldn’t find any pine that thick that wasn’t Treated. The wide boards in the bottom are some I cut on my saw mill.

Since the rails were so long and heavy I used my dado jig to cut the tennons. It worked great. I screwed a stop underneath so they would all be the same length, slid the boards under, clamped them and they went real quick.

TIP FOR MDF JIGS. If you have ever used MDF for a jig to use with a bearing stlye router bit I am sure, like me, you found that the bearing would make a groove in the MDF, and get things a little off. A while back I took some scrap pieces of Pergo laminate flooring, scuffed up the back and then glued it to the MDF, then used the trim bit to even it up and now since the flooring is so hard and slick, the bearing doesn’t leave a groove anymore and I get a lot better cut, weather it’s a dado or a tennon.

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#1 posted 06-25-2010 11:56 PM

well done ,
as long as the ‘green’ works ,

she can paint any color she likes !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 06-25-2010 11:56 PM

you did a great job on this…too bad its going to get painted…im not a wood and paint type guy…but i realize your getting paid to make what she wants…thats the way it goes….sure is a cool looking set up…i havent seen one of these before….really nice…grizzman

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

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#3 posted 06-25-2010 11:58 PM

It’s wonderful, and green yes!
But I would love to have a place for a bed like that, except I get so easy sea sick…
Well done.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#4 posted 06-26-2010 12:04 AM

Not bad looking, but I agree with you on the paint. How did the chains attache to the frame (they look like they go dirrectly in the post via screws) Or is there some type of brace?

Whats interesting about this bed is, it would really be easy to clean and dust underneath.

Good job

-- Richard Boise, Idaho

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#5 posted 06-26-2010 12:07 AM

I really must finish my screened in porch. I can see myself taking a nap in something like that on a lazy Sunday afternoon.

-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#6 posted 06-26-2010 12:09 AM

Looks good and at the right price for a reasonable profit. The 450 is without the mattress right.

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#7 posted 06-26-2010 12:33 AM

Sandhill- The green one is the one that someone else sells online, she saw it and sent me a picture. I wish that was the price I was gettting, but my price is about half of that. The matress is not included.
Richard- the chains attach to eyebolts that are bolted thru the posts close to the bottom.

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#8 posted 06-26-2010 12:38 AM

Nice job. I think it looks great, especially the work you did on the top of the posts. Is your customer local or did you have to ship it?

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#9 posted 06-26-2010 12:41 AM

Thanks Scott!!
The top is really easy to do, take about a minute or so per post on the bandsaw. Take longer to mark and tape than to cut. The customer is about thirty miles away in Birmingham and I will deliver it to her, for a delivery fee of course.

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#10 posted 06-26-2010 05:29 AM

It looks sweet!

I saw that and was noodling how to H-Cane proof it down here in Tampa! But I had to shut down the puter and unplug everything as a little boomer blew thru.. I have a really big porch.. it’s about 12×30 and covered with another 3-4 feet of overhang and when the wind blows there really is not a dry place… Maybe Ill look into some kind of bettr waterproof mattresses?

Anyway nice job! Glad you are making a bit of silver in this economy.


-- Duct Tape is the Force! It has a light side and a dark side and it Binds the Universe together!

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#12 posted 06-26-2010 10:18 AM

Your name says it all. Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#13 posted 06-26-2010 02:30 PM

Very cool! A short time back they were wildly popular here. I was making them out of old single bed frames. Your built to last from scratch version is better looking.

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

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#14 posted 07-19-2010 04:03 AM

Got to get me one of these, although it will drastically affect My time schedule down in the shop ! Its on My favorite list, so I have to make it now. Thanks for yet another excuse why I can’t get nothing done ! LOL, love it.

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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#15 posted 07-25-2010 02:16 PM

LOOKS FANTASTIC!!!!!! Great job!

-- Bigray's experiments

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