Black walnut pencil post bed

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Blog entry by RnG posted 08-26-2009 06:15 PM 3496 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’m in the middle of this project, using walnut that I helped my dad cut some 30 years ago and has been in a barn drying ever since. I’m making this full size bed for my one twin daughter, as she asked me to do it. This is really my first major furniture project ever and has been quit the learning experience. I’ll post pix ASAP. All pieces are cut and sanded, now I’m going to fill the pores with orange shellac and sanding and then do a French polish finish on the main pieces. Lots of work to do yet.

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#1 posted 08-26-2009 06:34 PM

Please post pictures…....sounds beautuful. Air dried walnut has a nicer color than kiln dried.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#2 posted 08-28-2009 03:56 AM

4 foot black walnut table top and one of the posts for the pencil post bed that I’m making. I used a homemade jig on my table saw to cut the circle. Worked really well.

The post was made from 8/4 black walnut that was book matched and glued up. I built a jig for my table saw to cut the 80 inch tapers and then a 1/2 inch chamfer bit to make the tapered legs and top 8 sided. The mortises were cut with my drill press and the tenons on the side boards with my table saw.

Here is some of the black walnut that I sanded to 400 grit and then hit it with some denatured alcohol to see what the grain would look like.

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#3 posted 08-28-2009 04:04 AM

Looks like a great start plus super wood

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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