Oak Bed

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Project by Bob Kollman posted 09-12-2010 11:13 PM 2550 views 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After 5 weekends I finished building my sons bed. Sorry for the pictures, but the bed took up so much space it

was hard to fit the whole bed in the frame. The bed is built all with mortise and tenon joints, due to

the fact that John, now a 6 foot 13 year old, and his buddy Desmond, all of 5’6” 14 year old, use the bed as

a wrestling ring. They take pride in total destruction, and have laid waste to 3 other beds purchased thru

the mattress stores. I will take pride in this build only if it can take 6 years of these guys bashing, whacking,

and slamming each other and this bed into oblivion. This was a fun project, hopefully I will not have to repeat it!

The bed is all red oak, finished with one coat of GF gel stain. I figured since this bed will probably get a lot of

abuse I wouldn’t worry about a perfect finish. Next time I may take the advice of fellow LJ’s and build the bed

out of concrete.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#1 posted 09-12-2010 11:19 PM

beautifull… nice to sleep on.take my hat of to you sir

-- jjempson

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#2 posted 09-12-2010 11:32 PM

Fine Work, Bob, it came out Beautiful!!
I’m glad you found the time to finish it!!
If they wreck that, you ought to wreck Them!! ;-)

-- Mike in Concord, NH---Unpleasant tasks are simply worthy challenges to improve skills.

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 09-13-2010 12:07 AM

Wow, that is really beautiful! Great work!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 09-13-2010 12:46 AM

The bed is beautiful. However, if those boys are anything like mine, get a long ratchet strap with at least a 1000lb. load limit and wrap it around the entire frame and tighten it as tight as you can get it. Maybe that will keep them from racking it back and forth till they put more torque on it that even oak can handle.
Seriously though, if they wrestle near as much as you desribe, keep us posted on how long it lasts. If they can manage to break it too soon, maybe what you ought to be building is a wrestling ring.


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#5 posted 09-13-2010 01:35 AM

Nicely Done! I built my oldest son a sturdy bed and it was passed down to his younger brother. And now is being used by one of my Grandsons. There is nothing like well made hand built furniture that will be around for generations.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#6 posted 09-13-2010 01:39 AM

Nice looking bed.

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#7 posted 09-13-2010 02:54 AM

Very nice! Great job

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Joe Lyddon

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#8 posted 09-13-2010 03:16 AM

Nice bed!

... and of course you cut all those mortises by hand… right? :)
( just those mortises would have paid for a Delta mortiser, etc.)

COOL bed!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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Bob Kollman

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#9 posted 09-13-2010 05:13 AM

Thanks for the good word everybody!!!!

Joe, how’d you know I cut all them mortises by hand….;)

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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Joe Lyddon

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#10 posted 09-13-2010 06:40 AM

Bob, That was a true labor of LOVE! :) :)

Great Job!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#11 posted 09-13-2010 06:24 PM

Great work. Keep us posted on the longevity.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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Jerry Spencer

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#12 posted 09-14-2010 02:39 AM

Very nice, I’ve been looking at plans for that bed for some time now. Your FINE results inspire me to get the plans and start building. Thanks for sharing you project.

-- Jerry - Ohio

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#13 posted 09-20-2010 12:45 AM

very nice bob I bet he will sleep good like the craftsmanship nicely done.

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#14 posted 12-06-2010 10:49 PM

Very nice bed. All mortice and tenon. I’m building a headboard at the moment using all dowels and the dowelmax tool. I’ll post progress pictures as I go along.

-- Steve G., Kelowna, BC, Canada

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#15 posted 01-20-2011 07:23 AM

You made a real nice bed there Bob, Maybe you should’ve had John & Desmond help with the sanding and give it a hand rubbed finish.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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