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Mission Style Bed #1: Bed Posts Pt. 1

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Blog entry by Fraser Gandy posted 03-20-2012 08:21 PM 2298 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So, I’ve started the bed and its been going pretty good so far. I had all the stock that i had already bought (still need to find a few pieces and pick up the hardward, however its not Really needed until the end, so im not worried about it) resting in the shop for about 10 days which is good! The wood im using for the this project is Poplar, its easy enough to work with, it stains up beautifully, and was readily available and on the lower end of the price market.
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Onto the woodworking, I take three pieces of 5/4 Poplar and joint one edge, then cut to rough width (~3 1/8”)on the table saw. Then i cut to a rough length on the power mitre saw.. I then joint one face, and then plane the stock down to ~1” thickness. I then glue three pieces together to get a approx. 3”x3” post. I follow that process with the other 3 posts and end up with this.. Good thing the school has lots of clamps…..
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That was all that got done the first day. The second day I un-clamped the posts, and did final squaring on a little 6” jointer. I then went back to the chop saw, squared up one end, measured for my lengths, and then cut to final length. Then following my ‘Post Details’ (original plans from WOODSMITH Magazine, just copied for school requirements) I begin laying out lines for my tapered legs, for the decorative coves on the outside corners, and I mark a big centre-line and stop lines for the mortises.
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I finished up my second day with constructing a jig for the router, to allow me to plough my mortises with a 1/2” spiral-cutting bit referenced off the centre-ling of the posts. The mortises will be 1/2” thick x 3-1/2” wide x 1-1/2” deep. That’ll be tomorrows project, and then I’ll start milling up the stock for the upper and lower rails (with mortises) of the foot and headboards.

-- Drummer Gandy



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Bagtown

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#1 posted 03-21-2012 12:10 AM

Looks like a great start.
Where’d you buy your poplar from?

Mike

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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Fraser Gandy

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#2 posted 03-21-2012 12:53 AM

Hi Mike, i got my lumber from East Coast Specialty Hardwoods, just off Wright Ave. in Burnside..

not very far from you! Theyve got a great selection and your allowed to go and pick through the piles yourself to find that perfect piece. and they’ll cut lengths for you as well. For the bed i needed twelve 6’ boards to make the rails and and whatnot… i just found 6 really clear 12’ footers and called it a day, they just cut them all in half for me free of charge.

also, they kept it in the warehouse on a rack and put my name on it and held it for me till the end of the week when i was able to get a truck.! a very nice service!

-- Drummer Gandy

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#3 posted 03-21-2012 01:11 AM

I’ll follow along
Looks like an interesting project, good luck with it!

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#4 posted 03-21-2012 02:34 PM

Ive been to East Coast Specialty years ago, but theyre about an hour and a half from me. I’m in Sackville NB.
Have you ever been to Halifax Specialty Hardwoods in Bedford?

Mike

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#5 posted 03-21-2012 07:05 PM

Oh Sackville NB… and nope ive never been to their store, theyve moved out into Hammonds Plains though.. so theyre too far away now for me to want to go :P

-- Drummer Gandy

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#6 posted 03-21-2012 07:11 PM

I’m gonna have to make a trip to HRM soon. And maybe bring a truck. :)

Mike

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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#7 posted 03-21-2012 07:13 PM

I’m absolutely blown away by your school. Very clean.

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#8 posted 03-21-2012 07:30 PM

Sounds like a good idea to me Mike!

Rasp – yeah its a wicked awesome shop. Very big too.. we have a full bay area, then a second one (which the apprentices use now and then) then theres also 2 bays for HVAC and 2 for electrical stuff.

Ill post some photos of it sometime.. or perhaps take a short video walking around the shop. Im sad that im graduating so soon because then i’ll be shop less :(

We also spend the last 15-30min of class cleaning and tidying up, keeps everyone organized. we have some a huge dust collection system for all the machines which is absolutely awesome.

-- Drummer Gandy

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#9 posted 03-21-2012 07:40 PM

Any job prospects yet?

Mike

-- Mike - In Fort McMurray Alberta

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