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Matt Berger is a woodworker and was previously the executive web producer for FineWoodworking.com.
After catching the woodworking bug in college while earning a journalism degree, Matt landed a position at Fine Woodworking magazine where he learned the right way to build furniture using traditional tools and construction techniques. Many of the techniques demonstrated in this bed project are inspired by the dozens of authors and professional furniture makers Matt has worked with over the years.
In this video workshop, Matt goes step-by-step through the construction of a Mission-style bed, dubbed the “Morris Bed,” because its design is based on the classic Morris Chair, a quinticential Arts and Crafts piece originally designed by William Morris in the early 20th century and produced by the well-known Stickley family of furniture makers.
This project features dozens of mortise and tenon joints, and Matt demonstrates three different machine techniques to accomplish that joinery. He also offers a comprehensive lesson on using a hollow-chisel mortiser to breeze through more than three dozen mortises. You’ll learn great technique for designing furniture with scale models. And pick up some great tips on efficient construction that will save you time and money.
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Produced by: Matt Berger; Video by: Gary Junken; Editing by: Michael Dobsevage
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August 7, 2012
Get an introduction to all of the episodes in this video workshop series and learn a great technique for designing furniture with scale models.
In the first episode of the series How to Build a build, you'll learn a cost-effective way to create a Stickley-stlyle leg with quarter-sawn white oak on all for sides.
Learn how to cut a large number of tenons quickly with a cool horizontal router box created by Ernie Conover.
Learn how to use a hollow-chisel mortiser to quickly and accurately cut the teons for the headboard and footboard slats, in this episode of How to Build a Bed.
Learn to cut accurate tenons on the tablesaw with a dado set in the final stages of the headboard and footboard construction.
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Learn how to install traditional bed bolts in this episode of How to Build a Bed, and watch a neat trick for hiding the bolt with a fake through tenon.
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How to make a bed, literally. Watch this silent movie of Matt Berger assemblying his "Morris" Bed, featured in the Video Workshop series How to Build a Bed.
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