Day to day life #3: Twin size bed Arts and Crafts style

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Blog entry by T. D. Reid posted 01-03-2012 02:41 PM 1370 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Four days off from blogging and I’m back with a new project underway, Tom’s back to school, and ones returning to the nest.
I want to close out my shop maintenance week by telling you that I accomplished just about everything I set out to do. The shop is clean and organized, blades are sharp, things that should be square are and my mind is rested. I must say that it’s something that everyone who works in a shop should try and do at least once a quarter.
My last posting I was asking for advice on how often to post entries in my Blog. I didn’t receive any help from anyone and I still don’t have a got idea of how often to post. So, for right now I am going to play it by ear and do it around my schedule.
As mentioned I started a new project on Saturday a twin size bed Arts and Crafts style from Wood Magazine’s book published by Sterling press “Arts and Crafts Furniture”. Like most wood workers I am no different and I am not following the provided plans exactly. I have made to MAJOR changes that actually make the design mine. First is the change I made to the legs; I am making quadralinear legs like those used historically by Gustav Stickley’s brother Leopold Stickley. There is a modern difference to them and that is the use of a router bit that I purchased at Eagle America. The second change that I made is to the bed length. The plans call for 76” the size of a standard twin size bed and I bumped it out to 80”. My wife and I don’t grow little boys the oldest three are 5’11 – 6’3” and banking on the baby following the in their footsteps I added the four inches that colleges use on dorm bed.
I have to step away from the shop for the rest of the week so that I can modify one of our bed rooms so that my nineteen year old can move back home. He has decided he doesn’t want to return to college in Washington D.C. on the 16th of January. I need to sound proof, do some drywall, and pluming to make it livable for all of us.
Thanks for joining me and until next time;

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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