Solid Mahogany Bed

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Project by Smed posted 10-11-2010 06:51 PM 6435 views 28 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So I am not a woodworker by any stretch of the imagination even though I have worked for Osborne Wood Products since 2003. I got married about 3 months ago and really wanted to make something for my wife as a “wedding present” so I thought that I would venture to create a piece of furniture in our shop. The one thing we did not have that we really needed was a bed, I had been sleeping on a single. So Trish, my wife, and I designed a bed that I thought would not be too difficult to build and that we both liked. This proved harder than expected, so did picking out the wood and color, but eventually we agreed.

I constructed the rails first, she really wanted tall rails that covered most of the mattress and box spring, I ended up making the rails 16” high not including the 1.5” rail below to hold the box spring. The head board and foot board were the most tricky parts I had to deal with. The panels are made out of 3/4” mahogany plywood and the rails are out of 8/4 mahogany. I really wanted big square posts instead of turned posts so I constructed the 6” x 6” butt joint posts. To make sure the head and foot boards were securely attached I screwed them into a board of the post before I constructed the post. So inside each post are 10 or so screws going into the side of the head or foot board. The rails are connected on to the posts by brass bed hangers. The square feet on the bottom of each post is attached my boring a hole through the bottom of the foot and screwing up into the post. The caps are simply glued and bradded in place. I finished it in a couple coats of teak oil. The wood has already become darker than when I built the bed and I expect it to get even darker.

-- Christian Smedberg, Director of Marketing,

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#1 posted 10-11-2010 07:30 PM

Very nice Bed. Very clean and crisp. Great job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#2 posted 10-11-2010 07:57 PM

looking rock solid
well done


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#3 posted 10-11-2010 08:00 PM

real nice bed. looks solid as well!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#4 posted 10-11-2010 08:03 PM

it looks solid and strong, and have got a beautyfull shape. well Done!

-- Work is my road to knowledge,Curiosity is my fellow traveler. El trabajo es mi camino al conocimiento, la curiosidad es mi compañero de viaje. Héctor

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#5 posted 10-11-2010 08:32 PM

With the photographic evidence above, statements like,”So I am not a woodworker by any stretch of the imagination ”, could be greatly contested. Excellent job on the bed. I can only hope my bed project comes out as well as yours did. Congratulations!

-- Are you going to use that piece of scrap?

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#6 posted 10-11-2010 08:56 PM

Very nice construction. Just one comment, though. I would rethink ever saying you are not a woodworker. It might work on someone that does not see your work, but you can’t fool us. What a beautiful gift for your wife.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#7 posted 10-11-2010 09:07 PM

I’m with the others: yes you are. You’re definitely a woodworker.

Beautiful piece. Thanks for sharing :-)

-- -- Neil

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#8 posted 10-11-2010 09:58 PM

absolutely beautiful, your wife must be very proud of you for that wonderful creation.

-- Jim in the U.P. nothing like the smell of fresh cut wood

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#9 posted 10-11-2010 10:00 PM

That’s a real bed! I could see myself and Bron my Darling wife of 40 years in that soooo comfeeeeeee He he Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#10 posted 10-11-2010 10:06 PM

I really like this design. It is clean and simple and, in its own way, elegant. I particularly like how the top rail on the footboard curves down. A more conventional approach would be to have it curve up like the headboard but this looks so much better.

It also looks like the workmanship is excellent.

Congratulations on an excellent piece of work. You’re a true woodworker in my book.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#11 posted 10-11-2010 11:43 PM

You guys came up with a good design. My wife and I design things for us all the time. For not having a whole lot of woodworking skills you did a great job. The bed looks well built and should last a long time. You should be very proud of the job you did. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 10-11-2010 11:49 PM

That’s one sturdy bed very nice build. It looks great


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#13 posted 10-12-2010 01:41 AM

That is a nice looking bed. Congratulations on becoming a woodworker!

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#14 posted 10-12-2010 03:06 AM

Very nice. I like a bed with a good, solid look to it.

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#15 posted 10-12-2010 03:53 AM

Well … you’re a woodworker now! I really like the scale of this – solid.
Will it be difficult to move? I get the impression that it is constructed as a single piece.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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