bed with holes

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Project by Peter5 posted 12-19-2010 02:15 AM 3006 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This bed was designed by Hing Yeung, shoe designer by trade but designer of space and furniture on the side. Hing found me through Craigslist I think, I can’t remember now for sure, and convinced me to build this bed for him, which required the drilling of some 2000 holes or so. It was by far the most challenging project I’ve taken on yet. One of the biggest challenges was figuring how to build it in such a way that it could be taken apart (since Hing’s loft lacks a cargo elevator), and not show any fasteners. All of the fasteners (screws) are inside, and must be fastened while lying on one’s back, reaching under the inner frame. Putting it together is hardly an exercise in elegance, but the finished product is pretty striking. It’s now a part of Hing’s incredible loft in downtown Long Beach. Sorry for the sideways pictures, I couldn’t figure out how to straighten them out. The pictures are intended to show the progression from hole drilling to final installation.

-- Pete, Long Beach, CA

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#1 posted 12-19-2010 03:14 AM


-- Just hammering through life!!!

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#2 posted 12-19-2010 03:25 AM

Interesting, and nicely built. I thought at first you were lying on your back working on the bed. Hope these help. Feel free to replace yours and you can have Martin remove these. BTW, open MS Paint(comes with Windows), Open your pic. Click Image, then Flip/Rotate, thwn Rotate by Angle

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#3 posted 12-19-2010 03:51 AM

Wow! Beautiful wood and a lot of work.

-- Terri, Rocky Mountain High Colorado!

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#4 posted 12-19-2010 04:05 AM

That is amazing – a lot of perseverance I bet, and from the photo of you a lot of concentration as well!

-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#5 posted 12-19-2010 08:35 PM

that is an amazing piece. how long did it take you? did you do all the holes on a drill press or by hand?

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#6 posted 12-19-2010 11:25 PM

Thanks for the kind words everyone. Edgar, it took forever, way too long for the price I asked. I guess it was about 5 or 6 weeks of all out reckless abandon and blood sweat and tears (I mostly only work for 3 hours a day after my day job though). And yeah, drill press, forcener bit, tons of meticulous measuring and marking, and lots of repair work where the wood was tough and the bit would blow it out. The holes are drilled halfway through overlapping on either side, that’s how I got the leaf shape. I had to do some hand drilling where the drill press was going to be too aggressive. Basically, it became a labor of love, because the work far exceeded the payment.

-- Pete, Long Beach, CA

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