African Mahogany and Figured Maple King Bed

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Project by ShaneA posted 08-22-2012 02:55 AM 5849 views 27 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a king bed I have been working on for quite some time. The design is based off a bed I saw on Custombuilt’s web site. I didnt have a plan or drawing, just sort of tried to figure out the demensions and proportions and the construction as I went. It was a challenging build in the size and scope of the project. I have a single car garage as a shop, so manuevering this thing around, and working with such long stock was always a challenge, as was the clamping and dry fitting. It has m&t construction. The rails are pegged through the back with walnut dowels. The pegs on the front are walnut, and just decorative. It is the first time I have used pegs like this, I think they turned out ok. With so many, there are just so many chances for error and imperfections. The posts are approximately 3 1/8” square. Laminated three 5/4 pieces of mahogany, and then veneered the glued edge to hide the lines and give the ribbon effect on all sides of the posts. The bed is approx 62” tall, 83” long and 80” wide. I ordered some support legs from a bed supplier to span the center in two locations, they have two legs each for a total of four additional legs. The hardware for the rails is a mortise type from Woodcraft, so it can come apart easily. It is finished with pure tung oil and several coats of lacquer. There were certainly mistakes and some learning opportunities along the way, but what project doesnt have those? Thanks for looking, and I am looking forward to making some small projects for a while. : )

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#1 posted 08-22-2012 03:11 AM

Maybe I missed it but what are the panels? Duh – read the title!

Which pegs are real and which are decorative?

Did you make the pegs?

I am confused. You laminated mahagony and the veneered over it?

Do you always sleep outside?

BTW, it looks absolutely friggin awesome. I might turn gay just so I could sleep in your bed.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - nobodhi_here

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#2 posted 08-22-2012 03:30 AM

Panels are solid, resawn figured maple, some pacific kind or another. I just thought the wood looked cool. I made all of the decorative pegs on the front, or visible areas. Used a HC mortise chisel and drill bit. On the back of the headboard and footboard I used dowels to pin the m&t joints. Not seen in the pics. Yes, I laminated solid mahogany with a 1/16” veneer. I didnt like the glue lined or the fact the ribboning didnt go around the post, didnt want to use an end cap either. I typically dont sleep outside, but it was too dang big to photograph indoors.

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#3 posted 08-22-2012 04:22 AM

Wow Shane it looks amazing, I love the walnut pegs, and the figured maple, and the gorgeous ribbon mahogany, and the design. Very nice piece!!

-- Lucas, "Someday woodworks will be my real job, until then, there's this"

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#4 posted 08-22-2012 10:48 AM

what Lucas said but in all caps.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#5 posted 08-22-2012 11:20 AM

Now thats down right pretty. Shane good choice of wood and layout. The pins set it off nicely.
One thing dont you think you need to move it in the house before you use it?

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are."

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#6 posted 08-22-2012 11:34 AM

That was a massive undertaking, and what a success!! Shane, that look is teriffic, with the contrasting materials and finishes, but raises a huge question: gonna made a dresser and night stand to match??

Well done, congrats!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#7 posted 08-22-2012 01:45 PM

Thanks for the kind words guys.

Yeah, Smitty…why stop at the bed, right? Eventually I will fill out a set. But, not fot a while. I am looking forward to some smaller projects. I think I will start with some matching/coordinating picture frames. Thanks again.

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#8 posted 08-22-2012 01:58 PM

I got dibbs on the off cuts!

Sweet lookin project there. Great selection of lumber. One car garage and ultra long stock makes my back hurt just thinkin about it, but you pulled it off with style and flair. Well done Shane.

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#9 posted 08-22-2012 02:17 PM

It is a beautiful bed. Outstanding work Shane.

-- ~Tony

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#10 posted 08-22-2012 02:22 PM

Looks amazing.. I remember back a long time ago when you said you were working on this. It turned out really nice.

-- Dan - "Collector of Hand Planes"

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#11 posted 08-22-2012 02:40 PM

Great work, Shane! I think it turned out very nice.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#12 posted 08-22-2012 03:11 PM

Shane, very classy lines – I like it! Congrats on a fine job!

I’ll need to make one for myself one day. My wife wants a four poster bed.
I wonder how long I can put that off?

Anyway, you did wonderful things there! You should be very proud.

-- "Hard work is not defined by the difficulty of the task as much as a person's desire to perform it.", DS

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#13 posted 08-22-2012 07:47 PM

Great job Shane. I really like the design. I doubt I’ll ever attempt anything that big, but you pulled it off buddy.

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#14 posted 08-22-2012 08:43 PM

I have come back again to say that is a great looking piece of furniture. Really nice.

-- "It's only wood. Use it." - Smitty || Instagram - nobodhi_here

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#15 posted 08-22-2012 09:04 PM

Friggin’ amazing Shane! It will give you a big smile every time you lay down to go to bed, I can picture you cuddled up with one hand rubbing the maple panels as you sleep. ;-) Congrats on a great accomplishment Shane!

I bed like that would easily cost you about $2k wouldn’t you say? Probably more. I’d say you justified some tool purchases with that!

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

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