Art Deco style bed.

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Project by Alan posted 04-15-2008 09:34 PM 4325 views 10 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was definitely one of the more challenging projects I’ve done. It was a commission. The client had seen an Art Deco bed (an original from the late 20’s) on a web site and wanted something similar. I took a few elements from the original and worked them into my design- sort of a basic DNA thing.
All the curved veneered elements were vacuum pressed over forms. The tops of the nightstands were shaped using 1/4” MDF patterns and a pattern cutting bit. The curved top of the headboard is solid maple. I found a bowed board at the lumberyard (imagine that!) and clamped it for several weeks on a form to make the bowing more pronounced. It’s a shallow bend, so lots of clamps and glue did the job. Wood’s pretty flexible, after all.
The nightstands and attatched backs are connected to the headboard with bed hardware. The footboard houses a TV lift. That was one of the trickiest parts of the whole thing. Getting the lift to fit right and have access to it with a removable cover took a while to figure out. Needless to say, when it all worked okay, I was much releived.
Installation took several hours because of all the parts involved. Fortunately. the bed itself fit inside the frame the way it was supposed to.
All in all, a very satisfying but nervewracking project. Lots of flop sweat going on.
You can see more photos of the bed on my website- Click on Portfolio, then Bedroom Furniture, then Custom Deco Bed.

-- Alan Carter,

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#1 posted 04-15-2008 10:10 PM

Wow …beautiful …love the view too

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#2 posted 04-15-2008 10:11 PM

Extremely cool.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 04-15-2008 10:37 PM

Another great project! I love the choice of figured veneers.

-- Chuck Bender, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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#4 posted 04-15-2008 10:41 PM

Great bed. The TV lift is great also.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 04-15-2008 11:28 PM


This is a beautiful bed and I love the lift. The veneers are absolutely gorgeous.

I can well understand how challenging this project was. You certainly earned your commission on this one.

Thanks for the post. I really appreciated seeing this one.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 04-16-2008 12:01 AM

another cool piece of work. makes me wants me to change-over to the deco style.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 04-16-2008 01:37 AM

Mighty fine job, the hidden TV is pretty slick!

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#8 posted 04-16-2008 08:12 AM

Great looking bed. I’m with everyone else with the TV lift. Bet they get up at first light each morning :-))

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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Thos. Angle

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#9 posted 04-16-2008 03:32 PM

Great project. Well done and an exciting finish. I doubt I would want the TV with what appears to be a great landscape out the window. Excellent!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#10 posted 04-16-2008 03:50 PM

Great looking design. Beautiful look peice

Thanks for posting.

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#11 posted 04-16-2008 03:56 PM

W O W ! ! !

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#12 posted 04-16-2008 03:57 PM

how cool. great sense of design

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#13 posted 04-16-2008 05:47 PM

You do some really high end work there. Great art.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over two decades.

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#14 posted 04-16-2008 05:50 PM

This may well be one of the finest pieces of furniture I’ve seen on this site. Beautiful! I love your style of furniture.

-- Measure once; Cut Twice, Three Times, Four Times...

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#15 posted 04-16-2008 07:06 PM

What a gorgeous piece of furniture … Nice Work !

-- Odie, Confucius say, "He who laughs at one's self is BUTT of joke". (my funny blog)

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