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Yellow & White Birch Logs #3: Headboard Assembled

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Blog entry by CampD posted 02-09-2011 05:22 PM 4833 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: or what I've done this month Part 3 of Yellow & White Birch Logs series Part 4: 1st peek at Log Cat Trees »

This past week, again plowed snow and shoveled more roofs (Roofs are collapsing at the rate of up to 50 a day around here, I should have plenty of work come spring fixing roofs)
Finished and assembled the head board. Again this section was even tougher to scribe due to the top rail being curved and twisted, turned out pretty good. Next step is to clean them up to get them ready for staining, haven’t quite decided on stain color yet. Birch stays a whitish color, even when polyed. I want this bed frame to look rustic aged. Side rails will just be 2x stock and joined with heavy duty bed rail fasteners.
I started a couple other projects with what I have left of pealed logs
Slab end tables
Cat tree (these were suppose to be for xmas)

-- Doug...



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swirt

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#1 posted 02-09-2011 05:50 PM

That looks great. Those scribed joints look amazingly tight. Nice job.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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spunwood

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#2 posted 02-09-2011 06:54 PM

It does look great. What is a scribed joint…a tenon with crooked wood?

So are you doing the rustic cat tree or the carpeted type?

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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CampD

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#3 posted 02-09-2011 07:40 PM

Spunwood:
The joints are drilled and doweled, scribing each piece together to make them look like one piece. Basicly using a compass to scribe or follow the contour of each log to fit together, its not an fast process.

Cat trees, yes they will be rustic using extra logs, I will also scribe these to make them look like a tree (I got the idea from the client I sold most of the logs to) I will use sisle rope instead of carpet.

I left out that in the last post I described that I roughed out the scribes with a Jig saw. Well I was thinking there had to be a quicker way and I remembered that I had a chain saw attachment for the grinder, yup much quicker!!

-- Doug...

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CampD

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#4 posted 02-09-2011 07:49 PM

Also want to add this link to when I first harvested the logs, It was posted in the lumber forum instead of this blog.
http://lumberjocks.com/topics/21717

-- Doug...

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~Julie~

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#5 posted 02-10-2011 04:19 PM

Your work is exceptionally neat!
What are you using for dowels?

-- ~Julie~ followyourheartwoodworking.blogspot.ca

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CampD

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#6 posted 02-10-2011 07:22 PM

Thank you Julie,
First let me mention that this is a Queen size bed frame, not sure if I’ve noted that.
So head board is 62” wide by 4’ high. and foot bd is 3’ high
The Posts & Rails are 3 1/2 – 4” Yellow Birch and I used 1 1/2” wooden dowels.
The slates are 2-3” Y Birch and I used 3/4” dowels.
I used up my stock of True 1 1/2 & 3/4 dowels, but needed to purchase more, and low and behold
their metric sized, had to shape them to size.
All assembly is with Glue only, no screws or nails.
Staining today!

-- Doug...

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~Julie~

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#7 posted 02-10-2011 07:55 PM

Thanks for replying, Doug
I have made some things with logs and used a tenon cutter. That does leave the tenons visible, of course. And I don’t mind that look, but yours looks so precise. It must take a heck of a lot of time. I also like the idea it’s glue only. I work like that too!

P.S. I’m interested in seeing the cat trees as well

-- ~Julie~ followyourheartwoodworking.blogspot.ca

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#8 posted 02-11-2011 01:56 PM

Thanks for the details. Brandon

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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