When coming up with a design for the boats headboard for the first time I wanted more like a bookcase headboard. Something more then just a flat headboard. What I did was take a simple bookcase headboard, one like I’d use on a captain’s bed, and tilt it back a little. To give it more of a nautical look, I cut portholes across the top and then some larger ones in the sides. Building Picture Raw Video of the build <other /> Video streaming by Ustream For more building...
Continuing on the boat bed project, I have to now make a lid for the toy box. First I trace the shape of the toy box onto a 1/2” material. Rough cut it, screw it down and then use a trimming bit on the router to trim it flush. I use some templates that I made a few years ago to make the trim. I’ll then use a rabbiting bit and cut a groove in the inside of the trim the thickness of the bead board. A round over is used on the top edges. I put together two of the three side...
Okay, I haven’t posted a French Fry Friday post in a while. This is where I talk about those small things or accessories that normally get overlooked in my project post. This week I am taking a look at file drawers. There are several ways to accomplish this task. The most popular way is to use a rack system. Just make sure you leave enough room for it to slid in there. Rockler has a slip on system, where is very cool and easy too. With it being plastic I bet the hanging file fo...
Being a family business has it’s benefits and it’s struggles. One of the benefits of that family business is you get to bring your kids to work. I remember playing in the saw dust, making airplanes and swords. Those corner notches they would cut off waterbed decking was the perfect tail fin for an airplane or the guard right above the sword handle. I hope my daughters have those same memories. Here is a picture I found from February 2005. Katelyn is now 11. She still want...
Today I’ll be working on a prototype for Hospice in Fayetteville Arkansas. This is the same town that I did the 52 beds for the Chi Omega house. One of the ladies on the board that is working on the Hospice project is also an alumni of Chi Omega. She saw our beds a few weeks ago while they were being installed and wants us to build 13 daybeds for them. I traveled 3 hours up there on Thursday. I didn’t go just for that. I had some ladders to move at the Chi Omega house and ...
My web site has been an evolution process. I’ve been trying to make thing easier to navigate and to especially find information. One of the main draws to my site has been the Current Projects page. There I post pictures daily on what I am working, I also have a video stream of the ship, that will show 1 of 4 camera view of the shop. Customers watch what I’m working on. ArchivesI’ve always archived my pictures each month, but would put the links on a separate page. Th...
I was posting a project this morning and realize that I was at 1000 post in 1600 days. WOW! It doesn’t seem like I’ve been here a LJ’s that long. Along with that I have 261 projects here. It is great to be able to go back and remember the building experience because of the write-ups. I sometimes even refer back to one on other builds so I don’t have to reinvent the wheel. This is a great site with great people. I’ve leaned a lot from professionals to t...
What’s happening in the shop for August 13, 2010. Getting Schneider’s Excalibur ready for finish, finish building Connell’s Ross murphy bed, and getting a lot done on Keeleys Smithsonian style murphy bed. For missed video and building pictures see my Current Projects link at wwbeds.com or poggyskids.com. Watch us live:
Unlike my normal boat bed, this one will not be painted. It will be built in oak. Using oak on most of the project is, for the most part, straight forward. Not much different the using the maple and MDF on the painted version, until we come to the Bow of the Boat (AKA the toy box). Since we have a curved bow, a veneer must be used over the bending plywood. In prepping, I make sure all my staples are driven. I also fill all staple holes and imperfections with Bondo. This will keep tho...
What’s happening in the shop for August 12, 2010. Final Assembly on Komusi and Stevens beds and should complete Connell and Schneider’s beds and continue to work on Keeley. I am short one guy, so I’m having to do some of the smaller more repetitive task. I usually don’t spray the finishes, but yesterday I did. For missed video and building pictures see my Current Projects link at wwbeds.com or poggyskids.com. Watch us live:
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