Mission Daybed

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Project by moerdogg posted 09-16-2013 06:49 AM 2774 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife graduated from gad school this spring and when I told her to suggest a present she asked for a daybed for the porch in our new house. This was the first big project in my garage shop.

The bed is one of my own design, inspired by Limbert’s Mission furniture. The wood is red oak, finished with Danish oil and furniture wax. It is suspended from the rafters with 1” manila rope. The bed is the same length, but slightly narrower than a twin bed, so the mattress is a custom-cut piece of foam.

The project was quite the learning experience, especially with regards to running modifications to my un-vetted plans. The tenons I hand-cut, and the mortises I chiseled. First time not using power tools for tenoning, and I plan to do it that way in the future. The slats on the ends and back are in a lengthwise dado cut. I wasn’t planning to do anything other than set the slats in the slot, but I ended up making spacers that fit down in the slots and blend much nicer. Turns out my OCD wouldn’t allow shortcuts!

The back and the horizontal rails are held in place with draw bores. The back is also glued, but the rails can be taken off by drilling out the dowels, so it is at least possible to break the whole thing down. I plan to leave it assembled and store it in the garage over the winter.

-- A poor workman blames his tools

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#1 posted 09-16-2013 12:40 PM

Looks great! Looks like it’ll last a hundred years. Welcome to LJs.

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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#2 posted 09-16-2013 05:47 PM

Thanks! I’m actually planning to re-finish it over the winter. The wax isn’t protecting as well as I would like; there is already mildew growing on the window side. Probably going to strip off the wax and hit it with a few coats of poly, followed by spar varnish or Thompson’s water seal.

-- A poor workman blames his tools

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#3 posted 09-16-2013 11:19 PM

Very nice , looks comfy

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 09-17-2013 12:05 AM

My wife has been wanting me to build her one of these for a while now. Seems I always find something else to work on. But am pretty certain when I get aroud to it, it wont look anywhere as nice as yours. Great build

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#5 posted 09-17-2013 12:17 AM

Very nice! I’d like to build one for my porch but, alas, I don’t have one.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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#6 posted 09-17-2013 12:50 PM

Thanks guys! If you want plans, send me a note and I can pass along a drawing package.

-- A poor workman blames his tools

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#7 posted 09-18-2013 10:37 AM

Well done.This is really beautiful.Daybeds have been around for a long time but have never lost its great ability to transform your room into the relaxing environment you have been waiting for. Because daybeds are available in a wide variety of colors and styles, you’ll be able to find a daybed that will fit in with most any decor.

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#8 posted 09-19-2013 06:48 PM

Great looking and sturdy daybed! Like the design and the use of the rope. It looks comfy and relaxing, a great addition to the porch. Great job!

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