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 - www.furnituremaker.com - author G&G Design Elements for the Workshop