Cherry platform bed #1: Getting started

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Blog entry by TheBarrister posted 12-05-2010 12:08 AM 1333 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ll use this to help keep track and to motivate me to get this project done. I’m making a platform-style arts and crafts bed with cherry and three maple plywood inserts. I started with rough cut boards purchased at a specialty lumber yard (side note: maybe I don’t understand how they calculate board feet, but I think they added at least an additional 40% onto the totals. For my next project I’m going to hit a different supplier).

Since the boards are really rough, with some twists and bends, I had to flatten them as best I could with my trusty No. 5 jack plane I bought at an antique store for $17. First, I had to get a sharp edge on the blade.

Starting off with the Scary Sharp system for the Stanley jack plane. I can’t afford those fancy Japanese water stones. As you’ll see, I can’t even afford a real table saw.

Getting some help from the littlest one, putting a little round off on the edges.

Flattening started on one of the soon-to-be-rails.

Some nice wood starting to show through. And cherry shavings make great fire starter.

Using a straight edge to help identify the high points on the curves and twists. So far, one board had a funky twist I was never quite able to straighten out, but it’s a very slight twist.

Building this with a $95 Delta table saw. Yes, it’s a toy, but I’ve tuned it well and the Freud combo blade cuts through anything. And how do you like that little sled? Do you know how hard it is to cut the ends off a 6’ board using a table that’s bare 2.5’ wide in total?

Like I said, the saw performs well – at least it did until it locked on a rip through 42 inches of 8/4 cherry. Yes, I need a real table saw. Had to finish the last 8 inches by hand. I would have used my band saw, but that’s an $89 Delta (with 6” resaw, useful if you’re resawing styrofoam, maybe). I found the reset button and the saw is back in order.

Near perfect shoulder cut for a 1.5” tenon.

More later.

-- Mangling good wood since 2005.

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Mark Shymanski

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#1 posted 12-05-2010 04:58 AM

Looks like an interesting project. Remember its the person behind the tools that makes it work, the tools just help.

You’ve got a great little helper there, both of mine like to plane wood and help dad make sawdust also.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#2 posted 01-01-2011 12:57 AM

Looks like you is off to a nice start.

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