Oseberg Viking Bed

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Project by DanaBabcock posted 08-23-2019 05:28 PM 382 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this recreation of one of the Viking beds found in the Oseberg ship burial mound in Norway out of African Mahogany for the senior flight engineer in our unit who is nuts about the subject. I worked pretty hard to make it almost identical to the original with a few modifications: the material (obviously, also it was the only thing I could get local that was 24” wide 6/4), the size (to fit a modern full mattress), moving the headboard up so it would hold a pillow in place instead of just the mattress, spacing the poplar bed slats closer for modern mattresses, and a few additional blind tenons to improve stability which can’t be seen once it’s assembled. Otherwise, all the joinery was done with white oak trenals that I turned and wedged through tenons. It can be knocked down with a rubber mallet in about three minutes. I did the initial rough out of the headboard pieces using a Shaper Origin and then hand carved the rest. The foot posts are each one piece.

Finished with Danish Oil after I found out that tung oil does NOT take well to African Mahogany and had to strip it and refinish it.

I attached a photo of the original headboard uprights for comparison. When I was researching this I came across a lot of bad pictures of the bed, mostly the same picture again and again. I ended up going through the online photo archives of the Norwegian museum (everything written in Norweigian!) where the find was kept. 8,000 photos later I had the 4 I needed: the headboard uprights and the original measurements and sketches the archeological team made at the dig site.

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#1 posted 08-23-2019 05:38 PM

Okay. A++ for that bed. Great job. My grandson would go nuts over a bed like that…

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#2 posted 08-23-2019 06:12 PM

That is really unique, with great craftsmanship. I love it.

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#3 posted 08-23-2019 06:58 PM

Pretty awesome look. Well done.

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#4 posted 08-23-2019 08:31 PM

I used to be an adventurer like you … Seriously though I love the look and style of those bed posts. Great work.

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#5 posted 08-23-2019 10:47 PM

Way cool, you just earned a free pass to Valhallah.

Thanks for posting

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#6 posted 08-24-2019 10:25 AM

Magical that bed, absolutely magical.
It would be great to see some pics of it under cionstruction

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#7 posted 08-24-2019 11:31 AM

Excellent Thanks for the inspiration.

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#8 posted 08-25-2019 03:01 AM

Very fun and very cool indeed

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