Arts and Crafts Bed

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Project by WoodMac56 posted 09-29-2019 01:36 AM 792 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My attempt at the Arts and Crafts bed, plans from Wood Magazine. It is the king size version in QSWO. The finish is mostly Jewett’s Stickley Aurora recipe. One minor deviation from the plans…The plans call for buying a center support for the king size bed to prevent the slats/box springs from sagging in the middle due to the large width. It was a bit pricey for what it is and it apparently only supports one slat. Instead, I just built a rectangle out of 2×4’s which just sits on the floor under the center of the bed. It supports the center 3 slats. It is visible in the pic with the happy client (my wife). A couple things I learned: 1)A King sized bed is huge, and heavy. Milling lumber that long and thick presents a few challenges. Fortunately I had a couple roller stands to help with the jointing and planing. 2) It is challenging to find QSWO of the necessary width (and grain) for some of the wider boards due to the nature of how the quarter logs are milled. I used a flat sawn board for the lower horizontal of the head board since it wont be visible. It was a lot of work but hopefully it will be worth it every time I sack out after a long day…...FOOTNOTE: I shared pictures of the bed with my elderly uncle and we were both quite surprised because as it turns out, he built the exact same bed in Queen size several years ago.

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#1 posted 09-29-2019 03:02 AM

Amazing craftsmanship!

-- Clark

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#2 posted 09-29-2019 05:11 PM

I dig it.

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#3 posted 09-30-2019 02:17 AM

Very impressive work. The QS oak is pretty amazing. I’d be afraid to start that project… fear of getting bored making all to mortices for all those stiles and just giving up halfway through ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 10-02-2019 03:36 AM

great looking bed

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#5 posted 10-03-2019 07:41 PM

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