Queen Sized Bed - Contemporary with Shaker and Art Deco Influences

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Project by DonH posted 01-22-2012 07:22 PM 2030 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This has been a surprisingly challenging project. The bed frames and all the footboard components are made from cherry while the inserts in the head board are quilted maple shop made book matched veneer framed with roasted maple. The caps on the bed posts are also roasted maple. Finish is cherry gel stain on cherry bits and polymerized tung oil over everything – no stain on head board inserts.

Entire project is hand cut mortice and tenons with power tools only used for rough dimensioning – router used for bevels on head and foot board insert panels.

Matching night tables are underway and should be ready soon. These are an interesting joinery exercise (I deliberatly made this project a challenge in that direction) and I will have a series of construction photos showing the details for those interested.



-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#1 posted 01-22-2012 07:32 PM

Now that’s one amazing bed ,super design and great wood.


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#2 posted 01-22-2012 07:35 PM

Yo Don, That is Sweet!
I will second the love of the design and the execution.

Well done,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 01-22-2012 07:51 PM

Hi Steve and Jim

Long time since my last post and exchanging observations but I have been busy with home renovations and helping others with their projects, not to mention this one!

Good to hear from you again and thanks for the kind comments.


-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#4 posted 01-22-2012 09:31 PM

This is awesome, I love the design, it’s beautiful! and the workmanship is outstanding, I love the dark accents and the quilted Maple inserts. Exceptional work!

-- Gary - Carson City, NV - "Every man looks upon his wood pile with a sort of affection." — Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 01-22-2012 10:03 PM

Very grand, that it going to look great when it’s all put together

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 01-22-2012 11:09 PM

Hi Gary and Don

Thanks for the comments and support. Appreciated.


-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#7 posted 01-23-2012 12:22 AM

This is an excellent design and excellent workmanship.

This project is also very timely for me. I am probably about 3 weeks away from starting the actual construction on a bed. I’ve been thinking about this bed for a long time and I, effectively, have it designed in my head. Your bed has me rethinking some of my design ideas.

I think the key to your design are those book matched maple panels. Finding similar material may not be easy.

Thank you for sharing your excellent work.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#8 posted 01-23-2012 01:10 AM

Hi Don;

Beautiful bed.

Nice work.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#9 posted 01-23-2012 01:31 AM

Hi Rich and Lee

Nice to hear from you guys again – I have been off line for a while.

Your observations are appreciated.

Rich – there is lots of suitable lumber to resaw into panels like I have presented here, you could easily outdo what I have put forward with this project. just be fussy!!

All the best


-- DonH Orleans Ontario

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#10 posted 01-23-2012 03:55 PM

I am about to build a guest bedroom set, I was pondering the design. Thanks for the answer!

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