Arts and Crafts bed

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Project by BOBAH posted 03-13-2019 08:58 AM 524 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have finally finished building my version of Michael Cullen's Contemporary Arts and Crafts bed, as seen in last year’s FWW magazine article.

My version of bed is for Full sized mattress, made of cherry and cherry plywood, no veneering. To make ledgers and slats I used Pacific Coast maple – if not stronger than cherry, it is definitely cheaper.

I used Platte River’s bed hardware – this one. Very nice quality.

I did floating tenons or biscuits for headboard and footboard joinery, mortise and tenon for gallery posts.

Finish – three layers of Arm-N-Seal wipe-on polyurethane.

For this project, I have finally built adjustable mortising jig, so my horizontal routing table is retiring, I guess. Another novelty for me – I have purchased four 3/4” pipe clamps: what a joy to work with, I should have done it years ago! Have done ton of mortises and floating and regular tenons, and learned a lot – good rasp is best woodworker’s friend when it comes to fitting tenons :-) And fine-tuning floating tenons on planer is a no-brainer, no more struggle with thickness.

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#1 posted 03-13-2019 10:28 AM

Very clean look…the Cherry will take on an amazing color.

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#2 posted 03-13-2019 10:52 AM

IMO, you can’t go wrong with Cherry and A&C. Good looking bed frame.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#3 posted 03-13-2019 12:05 PM

Looks great! Used similar hardware for a recent bed build and have been happy with it.

I agree.. that cherry is going to continue to look better and better with age!

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#4 posted 03-13-2019 02:05 PM

great simple design cant go wrong with a&c or cherry,doing a bed with it right now myself.nice work.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#5 posted 03-13-2019 02:31 PM

Great looking bed bobah. Cherry has always been my go to wood.

-- Mark

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