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Blog entry by botanist posted 1719 days ago 1440 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve recently started planning for my next project, a queen Arts and Crafts style panel bed. I’ve got a preliminary Sketchup model created but I know I’ll have to keep tweaking the model until I get it right. My projects are much more successful when I have a good cut list and plan.

Sketchup Bed Plans

I’m planning to use quartersawn white oak throughout, except for the slats which will be some cheaper material. I’m currently debating on whether to use quadrilinear posts, veneer, or 12/4 stock for the legs I’m hoping to collect the necessary lumber over the next couple of months to spread out the cost and to give the wood a chance to acclimate to my shop.



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CaptainSkully

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#1 posted 1719 days ago

Very nice! The image above isn’t working, but the link does.

I’ll be gluing a thick veneer onto the sides of my dining table legs to get the four-sided quartersawn look, unless I break down and buy a lock miter bit.

You’ll probably want to prefinish the panels before gluing up to keep wood movement from exposing unfinished oak. Have you thought about your finish yet. For a while, it’s all I thought about.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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botanist

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#2 posted 1719 days ago

I’m learning about how to create blog posts on Lumberjocks so some of my posts will be a little shaky until I get it figured out.

I’ve thought a little bit about the finish but I haven’t come to any conclusions. I want to try a couple of options once I get some lumber scraps on hand. I’ve thought about fuming, a simple oil and wax finish, as well as other options. Homestead Finishing has a good article about the various types of finishes that the Stickley company uses. The choice of finish really depends on what my wife thinks.

I’ve looked at your posts about finishes and they should be a great reference when I get to that point. Starting the project is on hold until next year so that I can finish some home improvement projects.

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newTim

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#3 posted 1719 days ago

botanist… looks good. I’m always curious about the joinery, especially the connection between the side rails and head/foot boards.

Re inserting images. Since you use Flikr all you have to do is Right/Click (context click on the Mac) on the picture on flikr, click on Properties, and copy the http: address from the address field. Then click the little icon above the message/blog window that looks like an envelope (the right of the link icon), then paste the link in the address window. Click ok, ok, ok and its off to work we go. Note: your Windwoes security settings might block the pop up so you’ll have to ok the Temporarily Allows Popups first, then reclick the little icon.

-- tim hill www.newcalshop.com

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botanist

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#4 posted 1719 days ago

I’m debating what to use for joining the side rails with the headboard/footboard. I’ve thought about bed bolts but I’m not keen on the idea of having them show. However, other knockdown hardware may not be strong enough. I’ve got a lot to think about.

Thanks for the tip on inserting pictures, that should make my blog a bit more interesting.

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 1719 days ago

Sounds like a good project

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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