Arts & Crafts style twin bed

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Project by T. D. Reid posted 03-15-2012 09:11 PM 2786 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a thirteen day build and would have been done faster if I wouldn’t have had problems with the stain that I used this time (product review to follow). Anyway this is an Arts and Crafts style twin size bed that I took the basic design from Woodworker Magazine and then modified to fit my desires. It is build out of quarter sawn white oak with a Minwax Polyshades called Mission oak.
The legs are 2 ¼” square and put together using a 45 degree lock miter bit from Lee Valley stock number 16J75.08 giving this bed look of quarter sawn white oak on all four sides (see the product review on LJs for more info). One of the changes that I made to the design was the addition of the cap to hide end of the legs providing another horizontal line in a piece that has a lot of vertical lines. The rails for the head and food board are mortised into the legs and the stiles fit into a ¼” rabbit and have one inch spacers/fillers between them. I attached the side rails with modern knock down hardware and increased the length to 80” the size of college dorm beds. That will insure that if he becomes a tall man as predicted by the doctor then I won’t have to build another bed. If you check out my blog here on LJs I have more pictures from the build along with information not included here. I hope that you like as much as my family did. It is now set up and my eight year old room, he is dying to sleep in it for the first time tonight. Cheers!

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#1 posted 03-15-2012 10:23 PM

Very nice, I like the color and the finish. Good job.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 03-15-2012 11:09 PM

Nice work. But I have a question – having used quarter-sawn white oak, and then such a dark stain, would you say the wood made a difference to the final product? The reason I ask, is I have a lot of red oak, but, like you I really like that dark look. So should I use quarter-sawn boards, or the more plentiful flat sawn?

-- Some problems are best solved with an optimistic approach. Optimism shines a light on alternatives that are otherwise not visible.

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#3 posted 03-15-2012 11:24 PM

Looks nice Todd.

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T. D. Reid

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#4 posted 03-15-2012 11:39 PM

If you look at my A&C book case you will see the formula that I am used too and how it turns out on QSWO. I got my favorite finish from Popular Woodworking’s Arts & Crafts Furniture Projects. If you like easy and a dark finish on oak I strongly suggest that you try it. It is J.E. Moser’s Golden Amber Maple water-based aniline dye sold by Woodworker’s Supply, then a coat of wipe on Heavy-bodied Glaze Van Dyke Brown sold by Mohawk Finishing Products. Two coats of wipe on poly and then I will add a coat of Black Bison wax. I haven’t used it on red oak and I don’t know what the outcome would be. I am in the process of building new furniture for our house in the A&C style and to stay true to the originals I am using QSWO. As for switching to quarter-sawn boards they are more stable than flat sawn boards and not as prone to movement.

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#5 posted 03-15-2012 11:46 PM

Well done. A tride and true style.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#6 posted 03-16-2012 12:31 AM

Nice bed!

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#7 posted 03-16-2012 01:26 AM

That looks great, I’ll be interested to see your review of the staining problems. Was it with the Min wax?

-- - Martin

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T. D. Reid

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#8 posted 03-16-2012 10:37 AM

You know I lightened up on the review of the Minwax, putting blame on myself for not being more familiar with a product before using it.

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#9 posted 03-16-2012 02:27 PM

Hey Todd
Your bed turned out great. The finish looks fantastic and the whole design is super. I really like arts n craft furniture and made it all come together in this bed.


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#10 posted 07-29-2013 05:55 PM

I like the top cap floating above the rail. That is a fresh design.
Great looking bed.

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

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