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Blog entry by Emeralds posted 02-22-2009 08:05 PM 1192 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just a quick blurb to show the next couple of projects on the bench. Both of these designs are original modifications of existing furniture. I’ve taken ideas from several sources for each and combined what I thought might be esthetically pleasing and structurally effective elements. Again, both projects will be pushing (hard) the boundaries of my skill level and exploring new as yet for me, several untouched areas of the craft.

I would appreciate any comments be they suggestions, ideas or criticisms.

Both SketchUP files are available for anyone that would like them, simply email me and I’ll return them as an attachment to your email.

  • Asian Inspired Bedno metal parts will be used, just interlocking joinery
  • Asian Inspired TV Stand40”L x 18”W x 34”H design

-- JMP

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#1 posted 02-22-2009 08:31 PM

T.V. stand is nice, really like the bed though. Good luck.

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#2 posted 02-23-2009 05:24 AM

I,m looking forward to these, especially the bed. good luck.

-- if the hand is not working it is not a pure hand

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#3 posted 02-23-2009 05:57 AM

A couple of great projects. When do you plan on being done.

-- 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 02-24-2009 01:43 AM

I purchased the wood a couple of weeks ago and it’s been sitting in the garage attempting to acclimate. The problem is that the weather here in southern Ohio has been pretty off beat lately. One day it’s 62F the next it’s 28F with sunshine, rain and snow all dispersed throughout the changes. I have a couple of pieces of Sassafras in there that look like canoes they’re so cupped. Anyway, the bed is first project up but the design has undergone four major alterations since the original concept. The picture in the post above is of the second version and although the changes are not glaringly obvious, they are quite significant as far as insuring a soundly engineered piece goes. I’m confident that this latest version, shown below with a few of it’s sturctural elements exploded out, will be structurally sound and provide the rigid stability one would expect from such a piece. I anticipate that once the first cuts are made, I’ll be looking at a minimum of two months or so of work if I can put a few hours in every day. Naturally this assumes that I’m actually up to the challenges. Although I’m always confident, it’s not unusual for me to bite off a lot more than I can chew at the moment. When that happens it puts a kink in the time table while I bone up my skills to meet the level required in the deficient area. One such case was hand cutting the dovetails for my wife’s stage box foyer table. It looked simple enough when Frank Klaus did it but two drawers ended up taking me two weeks to complete. So, IF the joints work as designed, and IF I can quickly learn to use these hand planes to maximum effect, I’m hoping to have it done by the end of April.

Whatever happens I’ll have a blast. :)

Wish me luck…

The ”deck” face frame has been removed from this picture in order to show the box spring support system only.

-- JMP

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#5 posted 02-24-2009 01:46 AM

Looks like you got the plan down pat. Good luck and we’ll be looking to see the finished product.

-- Jerry--A man can never have enough tools or clamps

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#6 posted 05-06-2009 11:52 PM

Update on Asian inspired bed.

This is going more slowly than I predicted. I’ve just put the first coat of a beautiful rich gel stain on the frame and while I love this part of the work, I also hate it because it shows me not only the beauty of the wood, but the glaring nature of my imperfect work. I really thought I had done a better job removing the scratches with this piece, but it looks like I need to head back to the sander for another round. Even so, the project is really much more impressive than I imagined and the figure and grain pattern of this Ash are really spectacular.

-- JMP

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#7 posted 05-06-2009 11:57 PM

great designs and beatuful bed the figure is spectacular

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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