Fremont Bed

Darrell Peart

This Fremont Bed is the third piece in the Fremont Bedroom Set offered by Darrell Peart. Unlike most courses here in the Guild, this one shows how CNC can be used to blend modern technology with old world craftsmanship to create a gorgeous piece of furniture.

As designed, the bed is standard King size.

PLEASE NOTE - This is truly an "Advanced" project. There isn't as much hand-holding as you'll typically find in a Guild course. This course assumes you already know how to use the CNC and other power tools.

  • 11 lessons
  • 179 min
  • $99.00

Here's what we'll cover:

  1. Introduction

    This project completes my Greene & Greene style bedroom suite for the Guild. While the design ties in closely with the Fremont Nightstand and Chest of Drawers –  I’ve introduced a couple of new elements as well,such as  shaped inlay (as opposed to square ebony plugs) and crotch mahogany veneers. I made full use of […]

  2. Veneered Panels

    I enjoyed doing the crotch mahogany veneers in this project. The leaves were long enough so I was able to lay the foot board and head board up as one piece then split them  – creating continuous grain.   The veneer I had to work with was rather wide so I was able to lay up […]

  3. CNC Parts

    I used my CNC to cut out most of the parts of the bed. Some parts though were longer than the bed of my machine. To accommodate the extra length, I had to re-reference and shift the stock down. I had contemplated this process in the past, but this was my first project employing the […]

  4. Routing Channels

    I have been working off centers for many years. It relates back to my days in production. It’s very fast and it’s a positive way to ensure one element is centered on the other. It is critical that all like parts are exactly the same thickness, and that registration is consistent. If those things are […]

  5. Mortises

    Again, I routed the mortises based on centers but in a different way and for a slightly different purpose. I am still referencing first off one face and then the other. But this time my purpose is to eliminate a secondary set-up when routing the other end of the rail or when dealing with right […]

  6. Hardware

    The cast iron bed hardware I used in the video were left over from stock I had from a few years back. When I went to make out the cut list -to my chagrin that particular size did not appear to be available.  My original purchase of the hardware came from either Paxton or Van […]

  7. Final Prep

    Floating tenons are both strong and quick. It is another method I took up during my production years where both the quality of the joint and efficiency were important. With a smaller project, where the glue-up is less complicated, I would opt for a slightly tighter fit of the tenon. In this case I sized […]

  8. Dry Fit and Glue-Up

    Glue-ups are where it all comes together. It can make or break a project and be the source of a lot of stress. I made a rule years ago to not to answer the phone during a glue-up. Having been there I am sure you understand why. The problem was my wife would call me […]

  9. Inlays and Faux Tenons

    Instead of square ebony pegs I have updated this version of my Fremont bed with inlays that mimic the shape of nearby elements. With the square pegs I back-bevel them and make them slightly over the size of their respective holes. Not so with the inlays here. The inlay pocket is only 1/8” deep – […]

  10. Bed Rails and Slats

    The length of the bed rails can be varied to accommodate room for bedding that tucks in at the foot of the bed. I made room for 2 ½” of bedding – you may want to change that number. I like to make little pockets for the bed slats to fit into – as opposed […]

  11. Finish

    The bed is almost done and the excitement builds! In the process of handling things, the bed will have picked up minor (let’s hope they are minor) scratches and dings. It is time well spent finding them and dealing with them. I switched to using  Livos  a few years ago. It wasn’t that I was […]


This is an Advanced project!

This project makes extensive use of CNC. DXF files will be provided as part of the course so you’ll need to know your way around CNC and vector files (or have access to someone with a CNC) in order to complete the project. There will be no alternative instruction showing standard router-based methods.

If you are interested in Greene & Green style furniture and you don’t have a CNC, consider Darrell’s other two courses in the Guild: The Fremont Nightstand and The Fremont Chest of Drawers

What Will I Receive?

  • Detailed cut list and plans including a PDF and a SketchUp file (Metric and Imperial).
  • DXF Files for CNC
  • Hours of detailed video instruction showing every step of the build.
  • All videos and plans are digital and will be available for download upon purchase. 

What will I learn?

What will I need?

A CNC or access to one. Darrell recommends minimally a 48″ long bed (96″ is ideal). Shaper Origin is not recommended for this project.

Joinery will be cut with a MultiRouter but you can certainly use alternatives like the Domino, Pantarouter, or traditional slip tenon techniques.

Please note that if you intend to build Darrell’s designs for profit, you’ll want to contact him directly regarding licensing fees.

About Your Instructor:

Darrell Peart

Darrell Peart started his career in the early 1970’s making and selling small wooden items at Seattle’s Pike Place Market. To broaden his experience, he then went on to work for various high-end custom shops throughout the Puget Sound area gaining an extensive background in both commercial and custom furniture making.

Exploring new design ideas is where Darrell’s passion lies. Although the influence of Greene and Greene can clearly be seen in his work – he draws inspiration from other varied sources as well.

Darrell also writes and lectures about design, woodworking, and the history of Greene & Greene. He has written articles for Home Furniture, Today’s Woodworker, Fine Woodworking, Woodwork, Popular Woodworking, American Woodworker, Woodworker West, Style 1900, British Woodworking, 360 Woodworking, The SAPFM Journal, and Australian Wood Review.

His first book, Greene and Greene: Design Elements for the Workshop, was published in April 2006 by Linden Press followed by his second book In the Greene & Greene Style: Projects and Details for the Woodworker, in 2013.