A & C Wedge and Strap Bed

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Project by pintodeluxe posted 09-24-2013 07:15 AM 9942 views 60 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my arts and crafts style Wedge and Strap bed, named for the backsplash detail. It is designed to look like a wedge driven laterally to tighten a leather strap, but is actually a walnut inlay. The headboard and footboard feature angled stiles and solid frame and panel construction. The lower rails received a subtle arch, and the bed provides storage space in the dovetailed drawers. While the inspiration for the bed was the wedge and strap design; the highlight is perhaps the central splat detail, inspired by a Kevin Rodel dining chair. It is brought to life via a xenon puck light and convenient rocker switch mounted in the headboard. Below the splat detail, heavy corbels support a small mid-shelf. Chamfered and cross-pegged through tenons round out the details on the footboard. The side rails are attached with large mortise and tenon joints, and secured with two concealed bed bolts per leg. Read more about the specialty hardware and all the details in my 10 part construction blog here…


-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#1 posted 09-24-2013 08:44 AM

Loved the blog on this. As you know I’m a big fan of this style. In one of your blogs you mentioned plans. Did you do them in Sceth-up or buy them. I would love to make this bedroom set is why I ask. It was fun to read your blog. I need to go to the blog page more for some reason I spend most my time on projects, reviews and videos…

Thx for the kind words on the bridal chest.

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

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#2 posted 09-24-2013 08:46 AM

Thanks Ken,
Plans are available in Sketchup, just search “Willie Sandry Designs , Bed.”
Thanks again for the kind words.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#3 posted 09-24-2013 11:00 AM

That is a work of art my friend! Very nice Pinto! I like everything about it! – Just wow!


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#4 posted 09-24-2013 03:01 PM

First class in every way!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#5 posted 09-24-2013 04:05 PM

Absolutely beautiful. Just screams quality.
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 09-24-2013 04:18 PM

Great design; great construction; great blog.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 09-24-2013 07:02 PM

WOW!!! I really like what you’ve done. Gorgeous!!

-- Do or do not...there is no try - Master Yoda

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#8 posted 09-24-2013 07:03 PM

Very nice bed and also all the rest of the furniture in the bedroom, all matching…Excellent job.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#9 posted 09-24-2013 09:53 PM

Jeepers Willie. It’s just wonderful. You are one of the finest craftsman on this site.

-- "At the end of the day, try and make it beautiful....because the world is full of ugly." Konrad Sauer

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#10 posted 09-24-2013 10:05 PM

Thanks for all the words of encouragement, it was a fun build. Here is a picture of the bed frame. I have not seen much written on bed frame construction, so I included it in my blog. See part 7 for more details…

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#11 posted 09-24-2013 10:10 PM

Top notch. Great looking set.

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#12 posted 09-24-2013 11:50 PM

Willie, these pix make your bed look even better-the grain and rays are really top notch. Thanks, again, for sharing.

-- Art

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#13 posted 09-25-2013 01:22 AM


-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#14 posted 09-25-2013 03:06 AM

Beautiful craftsmanship! Love the color. What stain did you use?

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#15 posted 09-25-2013 03:09 AM

The stain is an oil based product, Rodda #19. I thin it 1 part mineral spirits to 3 parts stain.


-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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