Full Life Bed

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Project by bigpops0259 posted 01-18-2007 01:46 AM 3409 views 8 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this project as a story,afriend bought a house on a local river, an wanted to build a dock.
so in the process of excavating the bank we uncovered a log. We dug it out rented a crane and pulled it out and set it aside. After we built the dock, we were going to cut this silt incased log up and burn it. it was about 20 long and in bad shape on both ends. As we cut it up noticed it was walnut, about 30” in diameter. About 8’ was in pretty good shape, so the wood worker i think i’m took it home let it dry about a year, took it to a mill for boards, and had it dried. about 5 years later a good friend found out she was having a baby.I wanted to make something different and only had 8 months and no idea. I wanted something that would be there for a life time. So came the thought of this bed from birth to college and back at his childs birth. The complete bed break down from crib as you see it. to removing drop rail. it’s a day style youth, remove dresser and back rails, it’s a captian style youth bed, take the rail and side slat that lock the bottom of dresser and trunk together, they make a full size bed, needing box and matteress, remove youth head board turn it around mount on wall above dresser it a wall mirror with plexiglass mirror for safety, move the drawered lift top base to anylocation toy box/ blanket chest and that’s the story of my full life bed. Solid river salvaged walnut with natural oil finish. hope you like it. her little boy is two and won’t let his parants break it down yet.

-- Marty Ohio

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#1 posted 01-18-2007 02:08 AM

Marty, what a wonderful story and what an incredible concept.

I almost thought you were going to say in its final metamorphosis’s it converts into a coffin, but I guess that would be carrying it too far.

And you say you don’t work with plans? How on earth do you conceive of the details of the joinery if it evolves as you go. I am in total awe!

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#2 posted 01-18-2007 02:19 AM

As I said, I tried to do a plan project once it took me week to figure out what to do. So I throu out the plans a built the picture. this project I started with the dresser and built it one section at a time and then worked on fit and attachment. Sometimes I amaze my self with what comes out of my head. I draw a pic. and start. where it ends is what it is. The plan project was a cedar chest I made some changes maybe i’ll post it tomorrow. A lot of things I make I give away, or have pic. before I got a digital. My Girlfriend say give me a piece of wood and watch the dust fly, she doesn’t want me to give things away any more, but if I keep all of them I’ll be living in the steet.

-- Marty Ohio

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#3 posted 01-18-2007 02:21 PM

That piece of beautiful furniture is going to last more than one lifetime, it’s awsesome. I like the way you put it that the design comes out of your head. I do that myself a lot.
Does that lumber belong to you, or your partner?
There’s a company in northern Wisconsin that salvages logs out of the bays along the shores of Lake Superior. Many years ago the loggers used to float logs across the lake, some of them were so dense that they sunk. Now they get a premium price for the lumber.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#4 posted 01-18-2007 03:33 PM

Thanks, He didn’t want any part of the wood, so keep it all. there was only about 200 ft. which I made the bed and a arts and craft toy chest for the same friend. The wood had a purple cast to it when it was worked but faded way after finish. Since this project I seen a show on This Old House about sunken log recovery. I Also saw where China is buying Redwood and sinking it in the ocean.

-- Marty Ohio

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#5 posted 01-18-2007 04:09 PM

this is amazing: the story itself is powerful, the thought -process that not only conceived the idea but also created it, and then the beautiful end result.
Made my jaw drop.

(also, in my short time of building things with Rick I have found that we work much better at “here’s an idea, let’s build it” than the “hmm how do we follow this plan?” And so now, plans are just an inspiration and then we toss them aside.

Again, a magnificent piece of history you have created

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#6 posted 01-18-2007 07:40 PM

What a beautiful piece of furniture. And a beautiful story to go with it. That lifetime bed is a treasure.

-- Rookster, (

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#7 posted 01-18-2007 07:56 PM

You know the plan concept is great! but does anyone realy follow them, Due to skills and equipment we all alter them(plans). It’s the creativeness that makes all projects stand out.Thanks for your comments MsDebbieP/rookster

-- Marty Ohio

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#8 posted 04-19-2007 05:40 PM

Wow, this is something. When the kid is ready I’d love to see what it looks like at the next stage. I’d love to see the different stages this take along the way.

How old is a kid usually when they are ready to leave their crib, I was two so I wonder if that was early or not?


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#9 posted 11-07-2009 08:04 PM

It’s a beautiful piece, but the concept of a “full life bed” is what I love. Regardless of where it ends up, it started with a good story that I’m sure will follow it on it’s journey. Wouldn’t you live to meet back up with it in 50 years and see where it’s been…

-- Thanks, Joe

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#10 posted 05-14-2010 05:05 AM

Hey Uncle Marty, Dad sent me this link, I’ve been checking out your work and you are truly talented. The concept behind this piece for example is really amazing. Great work!
:) Katie

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#12 posted 11-07-2011 05:59 PM

good job!

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#13 posted 11-28-2018 01:51 PM

Truly an amazing acomplishment. What a show stopper of a piece too!

-- I've quickly learned that being a woodworker isn't about making flawless work, rather it's fixing all the mistakes you made so that it appears flawless to others! Jay - FL

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