Rope Bed 1/4 scale

  • Advertise with us
Project by redtail posted 07-16-2018 02:56 PM 1436 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This a 1/4 scale rope bed model. I was asked by the John Alden House Museum in Duxbury Mass. to create a model rope bed so that they could have a hands on piece that children could play with see how a rope bed works.

I made a prototype out of pine and then this final version made from maple with a tiger maple headboard.

The model is a close replica of a rope bed in the Alden House. I tried to match the joinery. There is no glue involved as one of the features of a rope bed is that it is easy to knock down and transport. The rope web keeps the frame joints tight.

I also made two sets of bed key and pin which are used to tighten the rope.

This is where the term “Sleep Tight” comes from.

9 comments so far

View tfiner's profile


8 posts in 1072 days

#1 posted 07-16-2018 03:59 PM

Wow, very interesting. I like the joinery too, what kind of joint is that? How did the pin hold the tightened rope?

View helluvawreck's profile


32122 posts in 3643 days

#2 posted 07-16-2018 04:50 PM

That is a very creative bed prototype. Nice work!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

View Ted78's profile


408 posts in 2777 days

#3 posted 07-16-2018 04:56 PM

Interesting, I never would have guessed they had such complicated joinery. but makes sense given the cost/availability of hardware, the knockdown nature of the bed, and the stresses they would have had to endure. If I were at a museum I’d spent a lot of time studying and enjoying this exhibit.

-- Ted

View redtail's profile


90 posts in 1901 days

#4 posted 07-16-2018 06:00 PM

Wow, very interesting. I like the joinery too, what kind of joint is that? How did the pin hold the tightened rope?

- tfiner

Here is a video that shows how to string and tighten a rope bed using a model similar to this one.

Rope Bed Stringing & Tightening

View therealSteveN's profile


5773 posts in 1351 days

#5 posted 07-16-2018 10:15 PM

Awesome bed model. That Fiddleback is insane, and the joinery is the real deal. Very nice work.

Thanks for posting.

-- Think safe, be safe

View Ray Friddle's profile

Ray Friddle

87 posts in 3807 days

#6 posted 07-16-2018 10:24 PM

Wow. Those joints are awesome!

-- Ray

View woodbutcherbynight's profile


6069 posts in 3186 days

#7 posted 07-17-2018 12:53 AM

Interesting piece. Never knew that is where sleep tight came from. Very cool!!

-- Live to tell the stories, they sound better that way.

View FLBert's profile


73 posts in 1514 days

#8 posted 07-17-2018 12:16 PM

Looks great! Love the joinery.

-- Bert, Lake City, FL

View Mas's profile


72 posts in 3039 days

#9 posted 07-30-2018 10:10 PM

I would have had to make several bed frame pieces to get all those joints to fit correctly.
You did a great job.

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics