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Blog entry by BryanatWoodstock posted 390 days ago 1027 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I picked up a small pile of 8/4 soft maple from another WWer , air dried 3 yrs.

glued up eight – 3 &1/2×36 turning blanks for the posts. Posts are made in 3 pieces

I use a vega copier with a template made from 1/4” ply. Drawing out the post full scale, then spray glue to the 1/4 ply, cut out to the line on bandsaw, sand and file to the line

plan from canadian workshop magazine jan 95

for the top post, being thin I use a mini max T-124 copy lathe with support bearing

the post parts are ruff turned with the copiers, then fine details added with lathe chisels

fluting and reeding on the lathe using the index head


test fit of post parts

headboard glue up


test fit of headboard into mortises

cutting mortises

rack from scraps for applying stain, poly

post parts drying


spraying poly, then sprayed wipe on poly final coats. ran out of reg poly!

sprayer

wet poly

gluing up the posts

test fit of headboard, need to buy brass bolt hole covers and I’m done!



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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 390 days ago

You are doing some very nice work on this. Congratulations.

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Buckethead

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#2 posted 390 days ago

Very beautiful bed!

I would love to see more detail of your fluting technique. Video would be most awesome.

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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BryanatWoodstock

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#3 posted 390 days ago

The magazine article had the method. Basically you attach a wide board to the lathe bed to side the trim router on. A simple holder made for the router. The double bearing flute and beading Bits are from Lee Valley. Set the bit height at the centre line of the tailstock. You add start stop blocks to limit the travel for the beading bit. And for the fluting bit, wood blocks act as ramps to lead the router into at the start, exit away at the end. On my lathe it’s every 4 th hole in the indexing head to give 12 flutes or 12 beads. I enlarged a pic of the router

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