Bubinga Bed

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Project by scott shangraw posted 09-06-2010 05:15 AM 4640 views 20 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bed was created for a long time customer that normally goes with mesquite wood. But she wanted a wood that really stood out for her bed. Bubinga ended up being that wood. We used highly figured bubinga veneer for the panels on both the bed and nightstands. Long rails of bubinga were used for the mattress to sit on, giving it a platform look. The nightstands were designed around her needs, but we were given design leeway to make any changes we felt were needed on the bed and nightstands. This was a fun project to make and we are so glad to finally have a bed in our portfolio. Wish we could have had it professionally shot, but there was no time. It was a real hit at the Denver show, where we displayed it, before delivering to our customer. We hope to create one out of mesquite for a show coming up. We’ll see if time permits.

-- Scott NM,

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#1 posted 09-06-2010 05:36 AM

Very interesting design. Looks great! Nice work!

-- Cheyenne - Nashville,TN

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#2 posted 09-06-2010 05:41 AM

Wow these are all amazing pieces Scott fantastic work.


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#3 posted 09-06-2010 05:53 AM

Very nice work and design!!!

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#4 posted 09-06-2010 05:56 AM

I think it is beautiful! Bubinga is my wife’s favorite wood. I had to show this to her as a way of saying’ Your not getting something this well done’. LOL The veneer is fantastic. Thanks for posting

-- Robert, so much inspiration here, and now time to work!!!

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#5 posted 09-06-2010 05:58 AM


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#6 posted 09-06-2010 06:35 AM

Big bed. Big brown bed. Big brown Bubinga bed. Beautiful big brown Bubinga bed.

Sorry I think I am going through my second childhood.
Beautiful job.

-- I love the smell of Home Depot in the morning, it smells like.......carpentry. Bake, Bar Lazy U Woodworks, Lehi,UT.

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#7 posted 09-06-2010 06:43 AM

Great design! Very organic shape. Awesome use of the Bubinga.

-- Happy woodworking!

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#8 posted 09-06-2010 06:44 AM

Love this beautiful bed. I have discovered the joys of bubinga in the last month and really enjoy working with it. Now I’m keeping my eyes open for more of this wood. Wish it was lower on the price scale!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#9 posted 09-06-2010 06:50 AM

Awesome project, thank for sharing

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#10 posted 09-06-2010 07:14 AM

You do beautiful work, I only wish that it was going in my home instead

-- Taigert - Milan, IN

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#11 posted 09-06-2010 07:44 AM

I certainly hope that finish is waterproof, because I think I drooled all over those through my computer. Amazingly nice work!

I also have to add how much I like the simple, flowing lines of the pieces. The veneer adds a great contrasting complexity to the simplicity of the design, and the balance this contrast achieves is exemplary.

Thanks for sharing.

-- David from Indiana --

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#12 posted 09-06-2010 07:47 AM

Yea, That is really nice…

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#13 posted 09-06-2010 07:49 AM

There you go. Now that’s what I call a bed! It’s so nice that your client will probably develop sleep deprivation, since they’ll spend so much time admiring it from the doorway and not sleeping in it. Just kidding. It is definitely a beautiful piece of work and the side tables are the crowning glory. BRAVO!!!!!!!

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#14 posted 09-06-2010 11:31 AM

Hey Scott,
Now that is really cool…nice job.

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#15 posted 09-06-2010 01:05 PM

I like the curves in this furniture. It has just enough ‘of a Fairy tale’ look to it while still maintaining an elegance. Nice design and build!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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