Just got engaged a few months ago and promised my bride-to-be a hand-made captain’s bed (you know, drawers underneath the mattress platform) with corner posts and a canopy with a mirror. Found out they don’t use glass, but it’s still reflective – so it’s OK. Thought I’d start with turned posts and mixed species to give the bed some “character” instead of the much more common square or built-up posts and all the same wood – bleah!
Got started on the design and decided on using black walnut for the feet and any decorative buns while using a lighter species for the posts, themselves, and most of the other bed. Some of the post parts are going to be about 24 inches long and about 6 inches in diameter. Discovered not too long ago that it’s very hard to get hardwood in that size of turning blank, so have decided to go for glue-lams of various woods then turn them for the posts.
I happened across a photo on the web of flame box elder and had a winner of an idea (I think) for the tops of the posts. I want to get blanks about 4 inches in diameter and six inches long with the flame markings running up the long dimension. I’ll turn it into a tulip-like shape, then carve some flame-like relief into it so it sort-of looks like each post has the Olympic Torch on top of it.
Currently looking for a specified list of hardwoods in 5/4 for use in the glue-lams.
-- Rob II, Sparks, Nevada