4 Poster Cannonball Bed #1: turning using Vega copier on General lathe

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Blog entry by BryanatWoodstock posted 04-01-2013 10:34 AM 3118 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This queen size bed in oak is for my son and D.I.L.. I picked up 6/4 and 8/4 oak for the bed. Bed posts are laminated up and planed to 5&1/2” square.

I’m using a Vega copier to ruff turn the parts. Finish turning with hand chisels. A paper pattern I drew is glued to 1/4 ply scraps for template use.

The blanket roll is 2 pieces, one longer so a pin is turned to be glued to hole drilled in the other.

Turning 18 pounds of oak, bottom post section. I nick the corners with a chisel to stop chipping at the transition of square to round.

ruff turnings done

With the ruff turnings done, I remove the copier and start the final turning and sanding.
The cannonball tops, are parted off with one end held in a chuck, then sanded.

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#1 posted 04-01-2013 03:55 PM

Hey Bry,
Awesome job as always. Love the tutorial. It’s gonna be a wonderful bed.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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Frederico Moretz

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#2 posted 08-24-2014 01:19 PM

Great, Great work. I was recently given, by a retired shop teacher of 40 years, a 12’ wood lathe. In reviewing your wonderful article, I wonder how I could turn 4 poster beds posts on my lathe in one piece? Thanks for your work, help and tutorial. As I have a Wood-Mizer sawmill, I could saw all the parts as well.

-- Fred Moretz

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#3 posted 08-24-2014 01:36 PM

You could do it as 2 pieces, with the ball finial separate. Do a practice piece or 2 to get familiar with turning a post this size. 1st 4 poster bedpost I made 20 yrs. ago I glued up 2×6 cedar from a demolished fence for practice blanks. That was a 3 piece post also.

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Frederico Moretz

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#4 posted 08-24-2014 05:14 PM

Good ideas. Thanks

-- Fred Moretz

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