Maple and Walnut Twin Bed

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Project by ShaneA posted 10-26-2011 04:53 AM 3316 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Twin bed for my daughter. First “big girl” bed, keep it at grandma’s house.

Made of walnut and maple. M/T joinery, with walnut dowels pegged thru the joints. I used Rockler’s mortise bed hardware. The exact name escapes me now. However, it was the first time I had tried to mortise into end grain. What a pain. Luckily it isnt seen, because they kind of look like a beaver chewed them in. I am not sure what type of maple it is, I think I grabbed it out of the pacific coast figured bin. But, when I think of figured maple, this isnt what I visualize. I resawed the panels, first project using my Rikon BS. I like the way the maple looks, whatever type of maple it is.

The bed was basically made as a trial run, I plan to make a king size one for our home. It will contain three panels instead of the two on the twin. I plan to use more of this maple with ribboned mahogany for that one. The design came from a picture the Mrs found on a custom built website. Since I cant afford 4K for his version, I will make my own. Isnt that one reason to be a woodworker?

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#1 posted 10-26-2011 11:56 AM

Great work, Shane. Maple and Walnut always seem to work well together!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 10-26-2011 12:13 PM

Beautiful project, Shane. Bet your daughter loves it! Hey, I’ve been a ‘big boy’ for years now, and my bed is nowhere near as beautiful!

What is the ‘mattress support’? The bed doesn’t have the ‘slats’ you see on most bed frames.

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#3 posted 10-26-2011 01:44 PM

Well done, nice and clean lines.

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

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#4 posted 10-26-2011 03:10 PM

Very nice! I think taking someone’s design and making it yourself is half the fun and the reward is all the money you saved! I have done this as well. Love the bed…may have to um use the design myself lol

-- If you can't fix it with a hammer, You've got an electrical problem.

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#5 posted 10-26-2011 03:16 PM

Nice design, looks great!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#6 posted 10-26-2011 03:34 PM

really nice combination of materials

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#7 posted 10-26-2011 03:48 PM

thanks for the kind responses.

The bed does have white oak slats. I glued and screwed a piece of white oak lengthwise along the rails, then I added slats, and then the piece of plywood. Since there is no boxsprings, I went with the ply over the slats. It was in the cheapo bin at my supplier. $10 for a pre-painted 4×8 sheet. Couldnt pass that up, being I am cheap and all.

Thanks again.

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#8 posted 06-03-2012 05:06 AM

“Isn’t that one reason to be a woodworker?”
that is a perfect reason to be a woodworker, plus you knock them out at home.

-- [email protected] : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#9 posted 06-27-2012 03:14 PM

Awesome bed Shane! I love the walnut sapwood on the railes.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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