Painted Maple Bed

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Project by Casey Jones posted 02-16-2014 09:57 PM 2068 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bed that was made for my daughter in 2013. The legs, feet, and posts are constructed of maple. The body of the headboard and footboard are 3/4” birch plywood that was leftover from a previous project with some simple beveled maple trim that was made on the table saw. The legs each have three vertical flutes. I was originally going to paint the bed myself, but we found a seller at the Scott Antique market in Atlanta that specializes in antique painted finishes for wood furniture. For what I thought was a really reasonable fee, they took the bed with them to their paint shop up north and returned a month later during the next Scott exhibition with the finished bed. They did a fantastic job. This is my daughter’s first “big girl bed.”

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#1 posted 02-16-2014 11:42 PM

I love this bed. It is beautiful. Adding to my favorites.

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#2 posted 02-17-2014 12:59 AM

wow – not a bad step up from the crib! ha ha
love this project – excellent job

-- Greg Simon

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#3 posted 02-17-2014 01:48 AM

Great Lookin Bed

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#4 posted 02-17-2014 01:49 PM

looks great, what method did you use to hold the sideboards to the headboard and footboard?

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#5 posted 02-17-2014 02:33 PM

Lanaug, thanks. I used Rockler’s heavy duty wrought steel bed fastener hardware. It gets mortised and screwed into each piece. I’ve used the hardware on a few beds and I really like it because you can dial in the tightness of fit of the side to head and footboards by adjusting the torque on the screws. This allows you to almost friction fit the pieces together if you adjust it accordingly, and this in turn means no twist or movement on the sides.

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#6 posted 02-17-2014 02:36 PM

good to know, thanks Casey.

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#7 posted 02-17-2014 03:03 PM

nice job

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#8 posted 02-17-2014 08:29 PM

Nice job. My wife asked me the other day to build a headboard and footboard for our daughter’s new room. Did you make those finials or buy them?

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#9 posted 02-18-2014 04:42 AM

Beautiful bed, beautiful daughter. Really well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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#10 posted 02-21-2014 04:45 PM

Lovely bed! Great design, like those flutes and finials. Beautiful color and finish, very nice vintage look. She will use it forever. Great job!

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