Murphy Bed (twin)

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 02-09-2014 09:59 PM 2847 views 2 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a twin size red oak Murphy bed I built in Michigan and assembled here is our park model in Az. It went together very well but I think I should have used the 100# gas springs that I had originally. These are 50# and take too much effort to lift the bed. I’ll change them out next year. I also added a shot of the flip up foot and the small shelves I made to fill n the space on the left. Space is at a premium so it has to be used efficiently. There are 7 shelves on the right but not yet trimmed out with fascia boards.

The bed is finished with Zar 120 stain and wipe on satin poly.

The build process is in this blog:

..............................Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#1 posted 02-09-2014 10:17 PM

Jim, Very nice. Just curious where you got the hardware from, we have been pushing around installing one in our guest room to free up the space when no one is here.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#2 posted 02-09-2014 10:24 PM

really nice job jim, enjoy

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 02-09-2014 10:45 PM

Well done Jim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#4 posted 02-09-2014 11:27 PM

Nice build and the shelves are a extra nice touch. Ideal project for a snowbird such as yourself. Space is always a premium and that is a danged fine use of it…..great build sir

-- 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 02-09-2014 11:34 PM

Another space saving winner—nicely done.

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

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#6 posted 02-10-2014 01:15 AM

Jim, What a nice bed. I have a friend that built a Queen size and used the kit from Rockler worked out very nice and is very easy to take down and put up. They are a spacer I have toyed with the idea of installing one here in our winter home in an attempt to use our space more wisely.

Thanks for sharing and have a good winter…

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#7 posted 02-10-2014 02:27 AM

Jim! That turned out pretty well!

Very nice!

Have you seen the NEW Rockler Murphy hardware that has the bed going Horizontally instead of Vertical.
Across the width, at desk top ht., is a Desk Top with all kinds of stuff ON IT.
When you fold the bed down to get the bed, the desk top shelf goes straight down as if it were in an elevator, contents till on top of it undisturbed, & goes to the floor.
You sleep…
Then, you raise the bed back up into the wall and the desk top comes right back up in place and ready for work with nothing being disturbed!

The slickest design I have ever seen… It only costs $400!

Crazy…I went searching for it… could NOT find it… I sure thought it was Rockler… I saw it somewhere!!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#8 posted 02-10-2014 03:08 AM

Great to see you back on the airwaves Jim, this looks the goods & save you a power of space, it looks a real sturdy unit not like some of those dep’t’ store jobs. :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#9 posted 02-10-2014 04:22 AM

Very nice work. I have wanted to build one of these for quite awhile, I live in a small two bedroom condo and the second room is taken up with my guitar collection and computer desk. Something like this might be just the ticket for what I need to accommodate the occasional guest.

Thank you for sharing.

-- Anthony - "The blacksmith and the artist, reflect it in their art. They forge their creativity, closer to the heart"

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#10 posted 02-10-2014 04:34 AM

Excellent space saving solution!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#11 posted 02-10-2014 04:38 AM

Nice job Jim !
Nice to see you are busy building and posting again ,have been wondering what was up.
Hope you are well .

-- Kiefer

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#12 posted 02-10-2014 05:12 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments. It is good to be cutting wood chips again. I finally got my car fixed properly after about a month. Boy was that a bad trip!!!
I have a few more things in my little shed that I’ll be posting once I get all the projects out of there that are in process. I waited 2 weeks for the stain to come in for the side shelves and it is not even ordered yet so I bought a close Rustoleum stain from Lowe’s. Pretty good match. I made all the shelves independent from the bed so I can easily slide it out to change the gas springs. I have seen all the kits from Rocker and other bed places on line but I could not find out from any of them what the load was on the gas springs so I made an estimate and was too low. This one had to go vertical and in a twin size because that is all the room I had in this little room. It sure is a space saver!!!!!!!!

Pete & Kiefer, I only get on WIFI once a week now so it will be some days between projects

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 02-10-2014 05:13 AM

I love Murphy beds, and this one looks great.

-- Fr. Thomas,

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#14 posted 02-10-2014 05:29 AM

Great job Jim! The oak finished up beautifully. Is that one of Carol’s lamp shades? Beautiful design! You are both talented people. Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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Jim Jakosh

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#15 posted 02-10-2014 05:38 AM

Thank you Fr. Tom and Candy.
Hi Candy. That is Carol’s latest Stained glass lamp shades- saguaro sunset is the name of it. I am currently carving on a 50” pistachio tree to make the floor model post for it. I have the hole down the center and now there is a lot of filling and sanding to do to get it ready the mount it to the pistachio slab that will be the base.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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