William Morris Arts and Crafts Queen bed in Cherry and oil

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Project by planeBill posted 11-07-2011 07:23 AM 2425 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently made this queen sized bed as part of our new bedroom suit. It was made to a plan from Matt Berger and he calls it the William Morris Bed. Of Course he specifies qswo but I had cherry. I used LandArk West oil finish and wax. I made this entire bed, including the rails, from just three boards. It is very very sturdy and my wife and I have enjoyed this rock solid and quiet bed very much since I finished it and moved it into our bedroom. We are not large people at all but we do like a solid bed. All of the components are a bit oversized ( thickness ) as compared to the plan from Mr. Berger, not a lot but enough to ensure that it will be around for a long long time. The boards I had were actually just so thick that I didn’t see the need to plane them down as far as I would have had to to get to the specified thicknesses on most of the parts and just waste all of that wood.
I have also made a nightstand to go with it and have already posted pics of the mirror for the dresser which I am currently building, all from the same tree.
All comments, good and bad, are welcome.
Thanks, planeBill

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#1 posted 11-07-2011 04:11 PM

Very nice, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#2 posted 11-07-2011 11:36 PM

Thanks workerinwood. This was the most satisfying piece of furniture I have made to date. It was easy and a whole lot of fun. The pics really don’t relay how beautifull this bed really is. All of that cherry is just really really nice to look at. If you are looking for a bed I would have to suggest that you give this one a try, if you fancy the arts and crafts style. Believe me, if I can do it so can you.
Anyway, thanks for looking and for the compliment.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#3 posted 11-08-2011 04:36 AM

This is a very attractive piece, much nicer in cherry for sure, so rich and warm to look at. There are some fine subtle details here and a very crisp execution overall. I’ve been looking for a style and plan to build for myself, might have found one here, minus the cat tail decoration of course. Very nice work.

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#4 posted 08-01-2013 07:04 PM

Nice looking bed. I like the clean, crisp lines.

Well done.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#5 posted 08-02-2013 02:36 AM

Looks great! Are those rails through the bed posts or is that an ornamental touch in the Greene & Greene style?

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#6 posted 08-02-2013 04:51 PM

Thanks for the recent comments and questions. Carl the rails are fixed with a rype of bolt and barrel nut, sort of like a bench bolt. The faux tenon cap is ornamental. I needed something to cover the barrel nut and thought that would look good.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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