Master Bedroom

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Project by Chauffeur posted 03-26-2013 03:46 PM 4410 views 9 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Although these are recent pictures, this is not a recent project. I actually built it over 20 years ago. I just wanted to get it added to my Lumberjocks project gallery.

I’m proud to say it still looks the same today as the day we completed it. It has even survived a couple major cross country moves with absolutely no damage. Both times, the movers themselves were overwhelmed by it and were very protective of it.

The ornamental work on the bed was done by a former co-worker that played blacksmith as a hobby. It’s just gas pipe and some twisted square stock.

The nightstand drawers have sliding shelves with embedded marble. Perfect for that morning coffee or late night wine.

The base units on both of the armoires contain large pull out drawers. The top of the left one has pocket doors that hide a TV; the right one is compartmentalized with small dovetailed drawers and shelves. Any idea which one is mine and which one is the spouse’s?

To this day, I still get a small rush of pride when I open a drawer to get a pair of socks. I hope that never stops…

-- Dave, Texas

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#1 posted 03-26-2013 03:52 PM

Very nice work Dave and so many projects in one room. You must have your whole house filled by now.


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#2 posted 03-26-2013 03:55 PM

Dave, What beautiful work. You must be very proud.
Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott in Texas

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#3 posted 03-26-2013 04:09 PM

Quite nice Dave. I like the contrast between what looks like oak and the black railings and scroll work. Very nice combination. You didnt answer a1Jim’s statement that “you must have your whole house filled by now>” Do you?
If my work looked like yours, I’d still be in the shop.

-- DonB

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#4 posted 03-26-2013 04:10 PM

Man, this is absolutely phenomenal. Impressive does not even begin to describe this Dave…

I like the way you capped the posts so that you don’t see any end grain. The wrought iron is a very nice touch too… you don’t commonly see that in bedroom furniture (or at least I have not, in this neck of the woods).

Questions – How are the individual sections joined together? Are you using heavy-duty metal bed rail fasteners/hooks to marry up the rails under the mattress to the headboard/footboard or is that connection made of wood somehow?

Just plain amazing…

-- freddyaudiophile, Fredericton, NB, Canada

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#5 posted 03-26-2013 06:56 PM

These pieces look so solid. I bet they were a hernia and a half to move. I would have to reinforce my floor joist if I had all those pieces in the same room.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#6 posted 03-26-2013 07:46 PM

Thanks for all the positive comments. I really appreciate it.

A whole houseful? At one time, the answer was yes. Over the years, some of the free standing furniture became gifts and the built in stuff was sold as part of the house. It was actually amazing as some of the potential buyers of our previous home in Illinois wanted us to “throw in” some of the free standing furniture with their home purchase offers.

The capped posts? I commence most of my projects with a bunch of inspiration and a general vision of what I want it to look like. They start with a rough pencil sketch, but are actually designed as I build them. The capped posts are a perfect example. I had some 8/4 cutoffs from with a 45 degree cut on them from a previous project that I simply stared at for an extended period of time. The small square end grain in the center was my solution to the cutoffs not being wide enough.

How are the individual sections joined together? Due to weight considerations, the head board and foot board are actually four separate pieces (2 posts, a center section, and the black iron work). I used mortised bed rail fasteners (2 per post) to assemble them. The black iron work is fitted into some square bottom holes. The bed rails are 6/4 oak and attached to the posts via a threaded rod connection system (The posts are hollow, just enough room to get a socket wrench up there). Even with the tall head board, It’s solid, It don’t move, It don’t shake ;).

-- Dave, Texas

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#7 posted 03-26-2013 09:20 PM

Great looking furniture you have there! Must be backbreaking to move it all—I hope your movers have good medical insurance!

Keep up the good work!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#8 posted 03-26-2013 09:21 PM

That is quite impressive – you have every right to be proud every time you open an drawer.

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

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#9 posted 03-26-2013 10:54 PM

excellent work.simply a beautiful job.
thanks for sharing.

welcome to lumberjocks!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#10 posted 03-26-2013 11:44 PM

Great Lookin Bed

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#11 posted 03-27-2013 07:02 AM


-- "....put that handsaw to work and make it earn its keep. - summerfi" <==< JuStiN >==>=->

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#12 posted 03-27-2013 08:55 PM

Nice job!!!

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