Beetle Kill Pine & Beaver Chewed Log Storage Cabinet Bed

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Project by RockyBlue posted 08-24-2011 03:31 AM 16638 views 22 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been waiting 10 years to do this project. When we first got married we used to pine over a set like this ( pun intended). But I decided I would rather have 5 trucks to play with, anyway I finally got it done.

The Cabinets

All soild pine constuction with pocket hole joinery. The doors are raised panel to match my 2 bookcases and done on my table saw. The drawers have full ( and a little more) extention ball bearing slides. I used cedar chip board for the drawer bottoms. The T&G I got from fellow LJ Mountain Heart Woodworks. The overall width is 11ft x 7ft tall.

The Bases
Simple 2×4 construction with sliding doors and plenty of extra storage. The bottom is lined with slick hardboard for easy use.

The Footboard
This was a huge chore to get these logs. I noticed driving to work along a creek that the beavers were tackling some very large cottonwoods. Luckily there was a walking trails along the creek, but no vehicles allowed. So I loaded my packframe with all the hand saws I had and headed out. Turns out wet cottonwood is hard on the saws, kerf kept closing up from the moisture. So I finally gave up and came back later with a battery recip saw. The trees were freshly felled and needed to be cut into 35” lengths to be packed out one at a time. Fortunately the trees were on the ground, Colorado has strict laws against taking sticks from a beaver dam or lodge. I also made a few extra trips for smaller sticks floating down the creek. I then split them all in half and let them dry for 9 months. I did very little cleanup, just got the fuzzies off. The teeth marks can be seen where they stripped the bark off. The posts are 4×4 with turned tops.

The Carving
The center carving measures 4ft long by 2 ft tall and 2” thick. It is held by beaver chewed sticks. There is a small beaver in the corner to tie-in with the footboard and the sticks. This was done by a workmate on his CNC router, a ShopBot. We combined several images from Vector Art 3D. It took over 10 hours machine time.

I also added 3 halogen lights behind the carving wired to a dimmer switch. I wanted some mood lighting without it shining in our eyes.

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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#1 posted 08-24-2011 04:14 AM

Excellent work! It looks great!

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#2 posted 08-24-2011 04:14 AM

This is a beauty, I would love to have a room like that in my house. Lost of light, A comfy bed surrounded by beautiful furniture with character.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#3 posted 08-24-2011 04:38 AM

this is a real beauty, im a rustic guy, and have my own log bed, but the not the glad you finally got the bed you wanted…you worked hard to get this one…good job…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 08-24-2011 04:39 AM

That is by far my favorite bedroom on this site! Not to knock on anyone else workmanship or anything, but this is like my dream bedroom!!! Thats awesome!

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut [email protected]#%#[email protected]!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#5 posted 08-24-2011 04:49 AM

Simply beautiful!!!!!!!!!!!


-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#6 posted 08-24-2011 04:57 AM

Well Done

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#7 posted 08-24-2011 05:02 AM

Great project, that looks like it must have taken a long time and a lot of lumber. Good job on the project and design.

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#8 posted 08-24-2011 05:04 AM

wow! Amazing look, I think this is my favourite bedroom I’ve seen so far.

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#9 posted 08-24-2011 05:10 AM

Nice work!! How much does 3’ of wet cottonwood weigh?

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 08-24-2011 05:47 AM

All I can say is DAM!! ;)


-- Even if to be nothing more than a bad example, everything serves a purpose. cippotus

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#11 posted 08-24-2011 06:14 AM

WOW! This is really nice. I love the rustic style!

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#12 posted 08-24-2011 12:21 PM

Fantastic! I love the entire piece and it has storage!!! I’m impressed.

-- Robbinscabin,

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#13 posted 08-24-2011 02:15 PM

Wow gorgeous!

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#14 posted 08-24-2011 02:33 PM

Very nice!

-- Doug...

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#15 posted 08-24-2011 02:49 PM

Totally awesome. the teeth marks take it over the top!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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