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    Default Tas Myrtle queen bed

    My first bed build. Myrtle was provided by the person I built the bed for, most of which had character, borer holes, all the rest that she liked (also did the shelving unit above the bed for her)
    Mixed construction. The outer frame has 10mm dominos for alignment and the corners are braced with the maxilock bed brackets from bunnings. Sanded to 150 grit, All finished with Livos oil. Rolled on first light coat, no wiping off excess as the coat is evenly applied and extremely light. After 48 hrs, lightly sanded back with high grit abrasive pad and then applied a buff coat, wiping off excess. This is how I apply osmo, too. I find it to be a more durable finish as there is a slightly thicker amount on the surface.

    The headboard is attached with lamello clamex connectors. There is some reinforcement in the inner side that can't be seen in the photos. The headboard itself is resawn veneer onto some lightweight poplar plywood substrate from bunnings. Techniglue to bond. The sub frame was made mostly from Euro beech I had lying around then some tas oak for the bed slats. It's got some weight to it but easy to disassemble if needed. The builders put the power points in the wrong spot so that will get sorted in the near future.

    As always, accompanied by my lackluster photos. The light messed with the panorama photo I attempted. I'm doing more work at her place so will take some better photos when i've finished up everything. Pretty happy with how this turned out. The idea is that it should look like it's floating. You can sit on any edge of the bed without it tipping up. When you come up the stairs to the bedroom you get a glimpse of the beech 'feet' underneath which I like, too.
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    Looks great.

    Unfortunately in my opinion when in position it seems to get a little lost in the recessed wall unit. The recessed unit isnít bad in itself but your good work is a little over powered.
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    Tas Myrtle is a beautiful wood. The bed looks great. I really like it.
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    beautiful stuff. I'm very fond of Tas. myrtle myself.
    I've made our dining table and chairs from it plus a few other things.
    I love the bookshelf above the bed as well, they combine to make a very good bed unit.
    Well done

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    Frank

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    I like Tas Myrtle also but it is becoming increasingly difficult to get.
    I am currently building a display case/cabinet from the last that I have had for a while.
    Tom

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    Lovely looking piece. Good choice of design for that spot, too.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sir Stinkalot View Post
    Unfortunately in my opinion when in position it seems to get a little lost in the recessed wall unit. The recessed unit isnít bad in itself but your good work is a little over powered.
    Yeah... the wall unit needs to be lifted up a few inches so there's at least the same wall gap between bottom shelf and bed-head as there is between the individual shelves. (Or the headboard docked by the same amount.)

    As it is, to me the bed doesn't quite look like it fits there.

    But I know that often it's not your choice, when working for clients.
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    Thanks all for the kind words / constructive criticism. All welcome. As you know, building for others has it's limitations and its not always what you think is best or would do for yourself. I was constrained by them wanting the shelving in that particular orientation / location and the bed having to fit underneath it but at the same time they didn't want the bed too low so with keeping that in mind I brought it up in height a bit. The legs on the beech rails are easily adjustable for height in the future if required.

    Considering this upstairs space doesn't actually have a lot more going in it, and it is quite large, I wasn't too fussed with the bed getting lost as its really only one of two things to look at when you get up there. All the wardrobe is hidden on the back and ensuite is behind you as you come up and into the room on the other side of the stairs.

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