Tweaks #1 #2: Tweaks to my Fremont Bed Done

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Blog entry by Darrell Peart posted 09-14-2014 10:51 PM 2082 reads 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Several months ago I posted a proposed design change to the cap rail on my Fremont Bed. At the time, there was a mixed reaction to this. The bed has finally made it to the current spot on my schedule and is now ready to go the finisher. Seeing the bed in “real life” makes it easier to visualize the results. For an easy comparison lets start here with three images from my original post.

On the left is the revision – on the right is the original detail

While the original design worked – the abrupt ending of the cap did not set right with me – it fell flat. A major theme of the design is an outward and upward movement – this permeates all the elements of the piece. The cap had outward movement, but the slight angle on the end did was not sufficient upturn for me. It needed an upward “bump”. The “curl back” provided the bump as well as enhancing the overall Asian feel of the piece.
The original design was a queen size bed in African Mahogany – this one is king size and cherry.

When I get the bed back from the finisher I may post more images….

-- Darrell Peart - Seattle - - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop

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#1 posted 09-14-2014 11:03 PM

As always top notch work and designing.

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#2 posted 09-14-2014 11:14 PM

i remember this very well and was very happy with the change, i to felt it was flat and needed this bump up to really make the bed work, it now has the right feel and there is movement in this finished piece, yes the previous design ’’worked’’ but it worked flat, now to me the bed has movement and to me has life given, to me this is a major difference in a design that has taken a nice bed and transformed it into a bed with life.

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#3 posted 09-14-2014 11:52 PM

Looks like a smooth modification.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#4 posted 09-15-2014 12:30 AM

Nice! “Go to the finisher?”

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 09-15-2014 02:39 AM

Darrell, thanks for this great example on how to optimize (an already great) design. Your intended change does exactly what you where hoping to accomplish.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 09-15-2014 04:03 AM

Great job of incorporating classical oriental design! Look forward to seeing it after you get it back from the finisher. Thanks for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#7 posted 09-15-2014 10:26 AM

Nice modification, looks great

-- Guy,PEI

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#8 posted 09-15-2014 11:40 AM

I really like the change. Once seeing it there really is a positive difference.

-- The view only changes for the leading dog.

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Darrell Peart

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#9 posted 09-15-2014 01:14 PM

Thanks for the comments everyone !

-- Darrell Peart - Seattle - - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop

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#10 posted 09-16-2014 12:15 AM

If I remember right, I preferred the original design. But this design looks great, now that I’ve seen it “in the flesh.”

By the way, must be nice having a finisher….......!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#11 posted 09-22-2014 11:41 PM

Thanks for sharing the two versions. I see more of a Japanese flavor in ththe we one version. I like both versions, the first a little more traditional and the second a little more flair.

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