Arts & Crafts Style Bed

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Project by pastor_shane posted 12-10-2007 07:04 AM 2372 views 5 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have had the same tattered bed frame for almost 17 years, and I decided to build a new one for Lori for Christmas. The Arts & Crafts style, while not my absolute favorite (we really like Federal, but do not have enough experience to tackle something like that) tought me alot about mortise and tenon joints. There are 68 mortise and tenon joints in this bed. I hope to get it finished by Christmas, but doubt that I will seeing as I still have to stain it! I used a Bosch 4000 contractor table saw and I hope if she likes it, I can convince her to let me buy a hybrid!

-- Shane, Guttenberg, Iowa

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#1 posted 12-10-2007 10:55 AM

Very nice job, I can’t believe that she wouldn’t like it. After she see what you can do, then she might be ready to approach for the new saw. Good luck anyhow.

-- Kaleo ,

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#2 posted 12-10-2007 11:14 AM

Great looking bed Shane. I would be very surprised if she doesn’t like the bed, it’s really nice looking. I have that Bosch 4000 saw and I absolutely love mine. I think it’s the best contractor’s saw on the market. I’d like a hybrid too, but I don’t really have the space for one.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 12-10-2007 01:06 PM

Very attractive. How did you join the rails to the head and foot boards?

-- Working at Woodworking

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#4 posted 12-10-2007 02:34 PM

I think the table saw is in the bag.

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#5 posted 12-10-2007 03:23 PM

Nice, I like the corner details. Looks like you did a fine job with the tools available. That’s the best way.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#6 posted 12-10-2007 03:56 PM

Tattered bed frame? ... you had a bed? Why, when we were little, we lived in a rat hole, and our parents ate three of us for breakfast every day.

I’ve found that the A&C style grows on you; sort of like some are born to greatness, others have A&C thrust upon them … If you prefer the Federal style, perhaps you should have tried that. One thing I’ve found as a professional amateur is that virtually any job broken down far enough into its component parts is “do-able.” It may take a little longer—but what job was ever finished in the budgeted time, anyway?—but from the skill exhibited in the photos, you shouldn’t have any trouble. Maybe try this: finish this (unlike me, who has to climb over all the unfinished projects in the office, living room, bedroom, closet, .... just keep going), find a buyer who likes A&C, and use the proceeds to finance the construction of a Federal bedstead. It’s a little like social justice (free plug time). Tasks that are impossible for one individual become solvable by organizing with like-minded others and working to restructure social institutions. Similarly, if a woodworking task seems too complex, just keep breaking it down into smaller and smaller bits until you’ve got something you can manage, do those, and then assemble the whole thing. Next week, I solve world hunger.

-- Hibernicvs

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#7 posted 12-10-2007 04:57 PM

Thank you, I copied the corner details from the woodwork style in the parsonage. The parsonage was built in 1916 and the mantle and book cases all have this design. It is essentially a rectangle with two triangles underneath. The front of the triangle is tapered back from bottom to top. I was trying to figure out how to make 8 all the same, and then it hit me – use the tenoning jig with the blade of the table saw angled. I attached the rails to the head and foot board using a bed rail kit from Rockler. The metal jointer plates are mortised and screwed into each peice so there are no visible fasteners when it is assembled.

-- Shane, Guttenberg, Iowa

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#8 posted 12-10-2007 09:02 PM

Very nice, heck, beautiful bed Pastor, you have what it takes to be a Lumberjock for sure. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#9 posted 12-10-2007 09:21 PM

That is a very nice bed frame. I really like the Arts and Crafts style myself. It looks to me like that will be one that is passed on to other generations… Great work…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#10 posted 12-10-2007 10:31 PM

Beautiful job Shane. That is some sturdy bed.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 12-11-2007 01:59 AM

looks great…another on the to-do list for me…as my skills grow (very slowly these days)

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#12 posted 12-11-2007 03:17 AM

This looks very nice. What you should have done is make two of them and then that saw would be paid for. Besides if she is like my wife, who inventoried my saws once(27), you would have to sneak them into the shop like I do :-)

-- Woodworking is Life. Anything before or after is just waiting.--S. McQueen sort of

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#13 posted 12-11-2007 05:46 AM

Very nice bed!

-- Krisztian VA My website:

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#14 posted 12-11-2007 10:26 AM

Excellent work on the build of this bed – I’m working on a simple bed, with nowhere near the amount of m&t work that went into this. I can appreciate how much time went into it!

How are you planning on finishing it? Stain and topcoat that is!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#15 posted 12-11-2007 11:49 AM

You do seem to be a craftsman. The bed looks great.

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