Pondarosa Pine Log Bed

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Project by Brent Livingwell posted 07-05-2008 08:17 PM 22075 views 9 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my true first project. I did not count it when posting my bar/cabinet as my first project because I made this bed with only a chain saw to cut down the trees, a 10 inch hunting knife as a draw knife, some chisels from Walmart and a skill saw to cut the rails. At the time I did not consider this true woodworking, but now have come to appreciate all forms. In fact, I hope that it inspires someone with few or no tools to go out and do something great. Additionally, this project cost me less that $30 bucks: free trees, a bottle of glue, linseed oil and poly. Anyway, I always wanted a log bed and and my neighbors had some tall trees (86 years old) in his yard that died a year or two earlier. I asked if I could have the trees if I cut them down and he said it was a match made in heaven. The trees had been killed by a beetle infestation with gives the wood an awesome striped pattern, (which was a bonus as I did not know it would be there.) The rails of the bed are Lodge pole pine (hard to find logs that span 8 feet with out increasing diameter too much.) The head board is the real trophy because I wanted a nice curved log and that is very, very hard to find. I walked the the forest many weekends trying to find one that would have the desired curvature and diameter. I cut and carried three dead logs back on my back, only to find that they were not quite perfect. Finally I saw a dead tree in front of a home, stopped by and asked if i could have it, and walla, I had a head board. There are no metal fasteners of any kind, although I now wish I would have done some thing other than the wood on wood mortise and tenons joining the rails to the head and foot board. I originally drilled and pinned them together, but drilling out the pins proved harder than expected, so now it just sits in place with no pins, and seems to hold together well. The head board is over 300lbs, so moving is not that fun (it has moved to 4 houses in 4 years so it can be done.) I tried linseed oil as a finish but did not love it so went to wipe on oil based poly, which is tough as nails. If anyone wants plans for this bed, I would be happy to send them to you.

Hope you enjoy it, I do every night.

-- Things of the greatest worth are from the Earth. If you tell yourself that something is "close enough" it is it again.

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#1 posted 07-05-2008 08:22 PM

Very nice, I realy like the rustic look of this bed.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#2 posted 07-05-2008 08:49 PM

Nice bed!

Thanks for the post


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#3 posted 07-05-2008 09:52 PM

Brent; that is TRUE woodworking. Such an honest timeless bed. I love it. Your second picture certainly shows its scale.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#4 posted 07-06-2008 01:28 AM

yep, I thought it might have been a twin bed, until I saw the second pic. A true testament to what we can do with or without tools, money, etc…

The headboard doubling as a nightstand is a great feature too!

Hope it doesn’t have too move again anytime soon. Sounds like a real bear to move.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#5 posted 07-06-2008 06:18 AM

Wow thats a really cool bed. Very nice.

-- Steve-o

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#6 posted 07-07-2008 12:33 AM

very cool.

-- hap, gunbarrel city tx.

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#7 posted 07-09-2008 02:51 PM

This sounds like a REAL project with the tools you described!

Now all you need is a babbling brook in your room and some stars on the ceiling! Great build!

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#8 posted 07-30-2008 08:20 PM

This is exactly what I am trying to make, I have started peeling the logs. Would you mind sending me your plans for this bed? My e-mail is: [email protected]

Thank you!

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#9 posted 05-28-2009 07:56 PM

I was doing some searching for pine log beds and found this website and your bed. It’s beautiful! Are you still willing to send plans? If so, please send to [email protected]


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#10 posted 05-30-2009 03:44 AM

cool bed nice work looks great


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#11 posted 09-15-2009 07:04 PM

hello bed looks great would you send me the plans id like to build one thanks kyle

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#12 posted 10-06-2009 04:43 PM

Great job on this. Beautiful workmanship.


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#13 posted 03-07-2010 08:58 PM

Great bed,

Could you send me the plans my email is [email protected] .fr

stephen fisher

-- Stephen

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#14 posted 03-30-2010 04:47 PM

Hi Brent,

Absolutely love the simplicity of this bed and was wondering if you are still offering the plans? I just started working on my bed (i.e. gathering and peeling the logs) and would love to see your plans so I can pattern my bed after yours. It looks fantastic.
[email protected] com

Thanks in advance,

-- David

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#15 posted 05-04-2010 09:43 PM

Brent, are you still offering your plans? I want to make a bed like this as loft over a fullsize for the 3 grandkids.

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