These first few entries are going to come along quickly since I’m already halfway through building the bed. Is it proper blog etiquette to blog “after the fact?”
Part 2: Design Evolution
As the years passed and I got closer to the actual build, I was constantly reevaluating the design in my head and talking to my wife once in awhile about my thoughts. She is the best kind of customer in that she gives me a fair amount of freedom with my designs. If I ever go into business as a woodworker, I know they won’t all be that way.
My design evolved because I kept looking at other beds and seeing elements I liked more than what I had on paper and in my head. Here are a few examples:
From this bed, I like the fact that it looks solid as a rock. I dig the frame and panel headboard, too. I don’t really care for the upside-down curves in the footboard and side rails, though. And I’m on the fence about the accents in the footboard posts. Overall, I would like the bed to be more symmetrical with all of the posts having the accents or none at all and I would like the footboard to look similar to the headboard.
From this bed, I like the inlay in the headboard and footboard. Ultimately in the end I chose not to do any inlay in my bed though. More about that decision later.
Now we’re getting somewhere. I like the look of figured wood panels and contrasting frames. I’m also liking the look of thru tenons. This is a good looking bed, but to me the headboard is a little too plain even with the figured panels and I would like it to be more stout.
Hey! I like those post feet and caps. I’ll be stealing those :) I might rework the cap a little, but they’re definitely looking good!
How many people can say they’ve seen something on “The Sopranos” and thought, “Hey, that’s a GREAT idea!”? How many of those people have never been in prison? I saw this headboard in an episode at the beginning of season 6 and immediately searched for a screen capture from the episode to get the curved crest element with those slats in groups of 3.
When I found sketchup, I started melding all of these ideas into an entirely new design. When it was all hashed out, it turned out to be a long way from my original. The original idea I had in my head was a canopy bed incorporating a good amount of wrought iron into a cherry and maple bed. Here is what I wound up with, though:
I’m using curly koa veneer for the panels, walnut for most everything else and maple and purpleheart as accent woods. I selected koa because we spent three years living in Hawaii (I’m in the Air Force) and it will remind us of that period in our lives. American black walnut is grown quite a bit in California, and it will remind me, at least of the two years we spent living in Monterey. I chose to accent with maple and purpleheart just because I like they way it looks :) I kicked around the idea of inlaying some birds of paradise or orchids in the headboard and beach grass in the footboard. Ultimately, though, I decided that would look too busy and maybe even detract from the figure of the koa.
I also designed companion pieces to the bed, and will start building them once the bed is complete. Here’s a sketchup drawing of the entire bedroom suite:
Up next – time to start laying out the cash. Stay tuned!