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Building a bed and need some advice!

 
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All walnut or maple & walnut?
All walnut
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Maple & walnut
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lakeplacidblue



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:02 pm    Post subject: Building a bed and need some advice! Reply with quote

I'm always surprised at the amount of knowledge on this board, so I thought I'd throw this out there Smile I'm taking a mini hiatus from my guitar build to work on a bedroom set. I'm using walnut burl veneer for the panels (and I'm hoping to have enough left to top another guitar...but that's a project for a different day!) and I can't decide if I should use maple or walnut for the rest of the bed. I like the idea of maple and walnut, because the coloring reminds me of a Fender neck or something Very Happy I'd probably want it to have a bit of an amber hue also. But the all walnut version has its charm too but would cost 50+% more. Let me know what you think.

Another reason that I wanted to show you guys this is to see the models I made up in Google Sketch Up. It only took a few hours for me to figure out enough to make up these drawings and it's helpful to be able to spin them around in 3D. I was thinking that it could be an invaluable tool for planning out guitars too so I wanted you guys to check it out if you haven't seen it.


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Lon



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I always loved the contrast of colors using walnut and maple. All walnut seems to dark, JMHO
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 4:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1 with the maple. Although I suppose no one can judge that accurately without seeing the rest of the room.

I used alot of Sketch Up back in vocational school and it's a fantastic program. But it can be a PITA sometimes when it comes to objects with lots of curves like a guitar but it would certainly be do-able. Loved that walnut veneer BTW.
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SonicJaguar



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm partial to maple on guitars, walnut seems to work well for the bed though.
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Tha LowEnd Theory



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 07, 2008 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the contrast of the maple. It would make the burl really pop.
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 8:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The combination is very good looking, but be sure to buy extra saw blades because maple will dull them quickly.

Good looking plan!
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd have no problem using both.
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RayRay



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 10:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've always wanted to build a Murphy Bed. I suppose one day I'll get around to it. I LIKE the panels you have mocked up...and the idea of combining the two woods...
The advantage of the Murphy Bed is that:
1. it doesn't take up much room if you choose use the space for other purposes.
2. It generally doesnt use as much quality wood in the finished product.
3. Creates a massive wall feature for additional storage or sound system Or?
I like the looks of it..there are a number of good sites on the subject who supply the hardware involved.
OR NOT! Just an idea... Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Mar 08, 2008 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like the contrast of using the two woods.
Maple frame with the walnut panels does it for me! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

can't go wrong with maple and walnut. Its on 1 guitar I've built and alot of the furniture I've built:





I absolutely love maple and walnut.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 9:58 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damn dude, you made all that yourself? You're really talented, I'd buy that stuff!
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 10, 2008 10:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

canEHdian! wrote:
Damn dude, you made all that yourself? You're really talented, I'd buy that stuff!


Thanks Very Happy Its a nice distraction from the daily dealings with whinny, indecisive customers. Laughing
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