Cherry and Maple Bed

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Project by WolfRiverCreations posted 02-15-2011 07:11 PM 3006 views 15 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Built this bed for a friend. He had no idea what he wanted it to look like, but he had a bunch of Cherry and Soft Maple that he wanted it built from. I looked around and found a bed by Tim (tjackele) and patterned it after his. Tim was kind enough to throw a few dimensions my way and here is the finished product.

All the boards my customer had were already planed to exactly 3/4”. I didn’t trust the strength of just a single board so everything is 2 boards (1 1/2”) glued together. The head board and foot board are actually 2 complete sets of panels, stiles and rails glued together. The rails are mortised to the posts and pinned with dowels. I put a cherry stain on the cherry and no stain on the maple. It’s finished in lacquer. I used bed bolts to hold it together. It is a bit heavy, but absolutely rock solid. No wiggles at all.

-- Mike, Shawano, WI, Wood... Therapy for the masses.

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#1 posted 02-15-2011 08:27 PM

Very nice bed. The cherry/maple mix looks great.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#2 posted 02-15-2011 08:39 PM

Great job. The panels really provide interest and great contrast to Cherry. The accents on the posts are cool and it looks like you got the dimensions on the post caps perfect in comparison with the size of the posts. Really nice looking bed.

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#3 posted 02-15-2011 08:41 PM

looks great bro

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#4 posted 02-15-2011 09:00 PM

looks great!

-- johndacarpenter

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#5 posted 02-15-2011 09:38 PM

very nice,,should last for generations to come. It does look heavy, very heavy

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#6 posted 02-15-2011 10:10 PM

Very nice!

-- David in Damascus, MD

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#7 posted 02-15-2011 11:58 PM

Beautiful wood + great design = one stout gorgeous looking bed!

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#8 posted 02-16-2011 12:38 AM

Very attractive, but having owned a bed with similar bed post detailing, I can say from experience that whacking your hips into the corners of those posts at night is no fun.

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#9 posted 02-16-2011 02:23 AM

Beautiful bed.

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#10 posted 02-16-2011 02:49 AM

Great Lookin Bed

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#11 posted 02-16-2011 06:42 AM

Thanks everyone for the comments. Fortunately, a bed is not something that gets moved frequently. I’m hoping the weight of the bed will prove to be a plus… just like my heavy Powermatic 66. ;-)

-- Mike, Shawano, WI, Wood... Therapy for the masses.

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#12 posted 02-16-2011 11:55 AM

That a nice looking bed. Nice mix of wood colors looks great!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#13 posted 02-16-2011 12:29 PM

I like that contrast in it

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions !!!

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