I love building custom furniture, it’s what got me into woodworking in the first place. I loved every minute of designing and building this Oak Bedroom Suite for a family in the Brazos Valley.
We Want Something Custom…
Every custom cabinet maker and woodworker loves hearing those words. True custom work is where skills and creativity are stretched and grown. Kayla wanted a one of a kind bedroom suite for her home. She provided me with some dimensions and some pictures from Pinterest for some “pinspriation.”
Sketch up is one of my most powerful tools. I was able to take the dimensions and specifications given to me and come up with a 3D concept drawing to “See” the project. Sketch Up allowed us to talk about what worked and would not and solve design problems before we ever cut a board.
Oak is the ideal choice for furniture. Oak is Strong. Oak is Durable. Oak is Beautiful. Can you tell I really love working with Oak? Another advantage of oak is that it takes stain and finishes amazingly well.
Building the Entertainment Center and Dresser
Good materials make good furniture. I spent a long time at the lumber yard finding just the right pieces. The picture to the left is a beautiful piece of figured red oak. In the finished entertainment center you will see that I kept the grain orientation the same across all three drawers. It’s a little detail that many my not notice but one I’m proud of.
Building the cabinet boxes for both the entertainment center and the dresser was a straight forward process. We used Purebond Oak Plywood for the body of the cabinets, and solid 3/4 Oak for the face frames. (You can learn more about why we exclusively use Purebond Plywood by clicking here).
The bodies of the Oak Bedroom Suite cabinets
Unique Drawer and Door Faces
I’d never made a cabinet door in a Chevron Pattern before this project. It took some trial and error to get right but the doors turned out nicely.
Achieving the Perfect Color Stain
We mixed our “Classic Gray” and “Dark Walnut” stains in various proportions to get the color just right. The final stain chosen was 2/3 Classic Gray and 1/3 Dark Walnut.
Once we got the color right we applied several coats of high quality lacquer for a durable finish
Special Delivery…almost anywhere
Thanks to the growth of our second business, Texas Custom Kennels, we now have the ability to ship our custom furniture across the United States. We even shipped one table to Seattle Washington. Since this project was relatively close we delivered and set up the furniture for them.
Wrapped in clear plastic for protection
Moving Blankets and Cardboard protect on the road
The King Size Oak Platform Bed
I didn’t get great pictures building this bed. We used 3/4 oak plywood, edge-banded it, and build some 3×3 feet out of solid oak.
All the Pretty Pictures of Our Custom Oak Bedroom Suite
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Everyone wants their money’s worth. It doesn’t matter if its lunch or a new kitchen; we want good quality at a good value. Here at Dailey Woodworks, we are the same way. We want the best materials possible at the best price possible to provide our customers the best value overall. That’s why we’re now spending $15 more per sheet of plywood.
For the last few years I’ve been buying one type of plywood for my custom dog kennels, one type of plywood for my shop projects, another for cabinetry, and another for stain grade work. Here’s the thing; this leaves me with a small mountain of off cuts and scraps that I can’t really use. Waste. I tried various ways to organize and use it; however, mixing BC, Birch, Oak, and Radiata offcuts together for a finished product isn’t a good option. You’re paying Dailey Woodworks for a high-quality end product, not for a hodgepodge of scrap lumber. So every couple of weeks, I’d load up my small mound of offcuts and take it to the dump. I probably throw away $300-$500 of good material every month, if not more, because I just don’t have the room to store it.
Discovering Purebond Hardwood Plywood
For my interior cabinet work, I have been using Common Birch from my local lumber yard. It’s a decent paint grade material that provides a good value. But I really don’t like working with it. The dust generated really irritates my allergies, even with my dust collection system.
Recently, I started a laundry room renovation in Bryan, TX. We started with storage/water heater cabinet refacing. (Refacing is keeping the cabinet box, painting or replacing the face frame, and installing new doors. This is about 1/2 the cost of new cabinets (See our Budget Kitchen Transformation Article to learn more).) My client decided to add a couple of pull out drawers for better access. Our standard drawer boxes are clear coated 1/2 birch plywood with captive 1/4 birch bottom. They are strong, look great, and are inexpensive.
Since my normal lumber yard was 20 minutes away, I decided to go to the nearest lumber yard and pick up what I thought was the same but more expensive product. It was advertised as “Purebond.” I’ve heard a few of my favorite Youtube Woodworkers talk about it and liking it. The cynic in me just assumed they were getting sponsored to say that. I’ll be darned! (keeping it kid friendly here) It’s good stuff!
The first thing I noticed was that the faces were thicker and looked better than what I normally used. The biggest difference was in milling it to size. NO ALLERGY IRRITATION! It smelled a lot better, too. Looks better, smells better, less irritation… that’s all great but is it really $10-15 a sheet better? I finished up my pull outs with a few coats of lacquer and installed them. We were waiting on my cabinet doors to come in so I loaded up and headed home.
I had about a half sheet left so I put it on my scrap cart that was already overflowing with the various other products I use thinking, “Wow! This “Purebond” stuff really looks better and mills very well, maybe I should look into this?”
Making the Switch
Using my magic rectangle that contains all of the knowledge known to man, I quickly discovered why I should start using Purebond exclusively. The main birch I had been using is imported from China, contains formaldehyde, and is made under questionable manufacturing practices. Purebond Birch Plywood (I can order it with basically in any wood), is made in the USA, uses Soy-Based Adhesives, and poplar wood cores. Basically, both you and I can find out everything we want to know about Purebond plywood because Columbia Forest Products is proud of it, unlike the old product I was using. I could only get an “I don’t know, we just order it from our supplier” when I asked about where my old lumber yard got their “cabinet grade material.”
Here’s the facts: Purebond is made in North America, from American sourced raw materials, It uses a Soy-Based formaldehyde-free adhesive during the manufacturing process, is both LEED and CARB compliant, and is a winner of the EPA’s Greener Synthetic Pathways Challenge. Which would you rather have in your home? Which would you rather use to store your food? Which would I rather work with almost every day? Exactly.
Standardizing to Increase Value for My Customers
While all the benefits of switching to Purebond are obvious, there was still the extra price to swallow or pass on to my customers. But what if there was a better way?
I’m all into learning and applying Lean Manufacturing Philosophy to my life and business. You can see some of the improvements I make in my “Lean Improvements” blog category. The overarching principle of Lean is to eliminate waste. Remember that $300-500 of material I throw away every month because I don’t have room to store it? The solution is to apply one of the core tenants of Lean: Standardize. Standardize applies to the way I get dressed, to the way I build dog kennel, and to the materials I use.
Instead of stocking four types of plywood, what if I just used one? I had been using various plywoods because I thought that it was better to sometimes use a $30 plywood for one type of product and other times use a $55 plywood for another product. Then I ran some numbers. By standardizing across the full scope of my business, I can utilize offcuts and leftover materials exponentially better. If I have 1/4 sheet left over from a project, I can use it on the next project, no matter what it is, because I’ll be using the same product on the next project. In fact, not only do you get a better finished product but I end up saving money in materials overall.
You may be wondering; “yeah but what if I want walnut cabinets?” Well, the answer to that is “yes, please, I love walnut.” Instead of spending a large fortune on walnut plywood for the entire project, we can strategically use our standard Purebond Birch Plywood with Purebond Walnut Veneer Plywood on the end panels and visible sections. Value, Looks, and Quality. Boom! Mic Dropped!
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We recently had the opportunity to build this Murphy Bed for a lovely family in the Woodlands, Texas. This is a queen size bed that we installed in this family’s playroom. That is the great thing about a Wall Bed, when this bed is folded up it only takes up 16″ of floor space, allowing for a truly useful multipurpose room in your house.
Only the Best Hardware
Create-a-bed Murphy Bed Hardware is the only hardware we use for our Murphy Beds. It is high quality, well-designed hardware specifically tailored for safe, easy to use Murphy Beds. I always cringe when I see Youtube Videos or Pinterest Posts touting “DIY Murphy Bed Hardware” or “I built a Murphy Bed for $400.” The first statement worries me about safety and ease of use. The second is a flat lie, there is more than that in lumber alone.
With Hardware from Create-a-Bed, you get a smooth operation that anyone can operate with one hand, and it comes with a lifetime warranty. The Create-a-bed hardware also has a great set of plans to build your own Murphy Bed if you’re a DIY’er.
High-Quality lumber and materials lead to a high quality finished product. Our paint grade beds are built with Radiata Pine Plywood and Lumber. This material provides a very stable and smooth surface that paints exceptionally well. All of our paint grade cabinetry is built with this material.
To finish the bed we primed with a quality sandable primer. This fills the pores of the wood allowing us to sand to a very smooth finish. A good paint job is all in the prep. My new favorite cabinet paint is Durapoxy by Kelly-Moore Paints. Durapoxy creates a very hard finish that is easy to clean and exceptionally durable to high use items, such as cabinetry, doors, and trim. Using my Titan 440 airless paint sprayer (I’ve set it up specifically for cabinet painting) I apply two finish coats of paint. Spraying with an Airless sprayer gives a flawless, glass smooth finish. The color used for this bed is Semi-Gloss Dover White, it’s almost identical to the Antique White we use on our Dog Kennels.
Extended Service Area
The great thing about our Murphy Beds is you don’t have to live in Bryan or College Station, Texas to get one installed in your home. We build your bed to your specifications in our shop and come install it in your home. Typically in one day. This allows us to offer installation to an expanded area including; Huntsville, Conroe, The Woodlands, Brenham, Bastrop, North Houston, Waco, Temple-Killeen, and Austin.
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Many DIYers are happy to paint their projects but freeze when they think about staining it. Will it look right? Will I ruin it? Where do I start? Hear is the truth: Staining and sealing your own furniture is easier than painting. Even if you’ve never attempted to apply stain or apply wipe-on-poly yourself you will get great results if you follow the steps in this Youtube Video.
Now I like to use old based stains and finishes. The results are consistently better than with water based stains and polyurethanes. If you’re finishing your Wooden Dog Kennel don’t worry once dry it is completely safe. In fact polyurethane is food safe when fully cured, but I still wouldn’t eat it. Because we’re using oil based products you’ll also want some nitrile gloves and Paint Thinner/Mineral Spirits for clean up.
Here’s a Front Door I refinished following this same process but using exterior grade Spar Urethane.
Not quite up to doing it yourself? Well if you’re in the Brazos Valley Area CONTACT ME and I’ll be happy to help make your home look amazing.
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