Walnut Platform Bed #4: Dry fit of the bed head with iris carving

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 08-10-2012 02:57 AM 2735 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Wings and wing support Part 4 of Walnut Platform Bed series Part 5: Making the bed head have a Japanese flair »

Well, the bed head pieces are all cut and fit. I did a dry run of the assembly. I’ll need to tweak it a little with a plane but the fit is pretty good. The frame and center iris panel are walnut. the larger panels are jatoba, and the end panels are hard maple. Why is the center one walnut? Because of these woods it was the only one that I found was considered a carving wood on the internet.

The three inner panels are actually the width of the bed. The two maple ends will protrude from the sides of the bed but are the width of the wings on the sides of the platform (see previous blog entries).

My first carving. I did it mostly with flat chisels which was okay. By chance a carving group was meeting at a Woodcraft about 40 miles from my place tonight. I went to it and brought the iris. I got a few pointers and picked up three pfeil full sized carving chisels. And I already cut myself a little with one. My god, they’re like razors. I’m going to use them to add a little more depth the to iris. Fingers crossed I improve it instead of degrading it. This carving thing is fun. I like it because you see results fairly quickly. I’ve got about a day’s work in this one. I think I’ll try something else sometime with an easier wood like bass wood or maybe butternut.

After I glue up the bed head I’ll make the mechanism that attaches it to the platform bed you’ve seen in previous posts of this blog. I also have to make a top spar with an arched top. Hence the japanese look that the bed will invoke.. I hope!

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 08-10-2012 03:05 AM

well dan i think it looks mighty good, and getting a few more tools while making this is always a plus…in fact just seeing you make a new project and buying some new tools entices me to get a tool or something…lol…dont ya think..good luck with the rest of this build, i look forward to seeing it in its finished mode..grizz

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#2 posted 08-10-2012 03:09 AM

Well Grizz, I took the advice of some other LJ’s when I asked about carving in a forum topic I recently posted. They said that you need good chisels to get clean results and recommended Pfeil carving chisels. Three of them set me back $122. Ah well….. and I’ll probably buy two or three more over time eventually. I’ll tell you, they’re going to get a special drawer in the shop at that price! But, in the short time I’ve used them, they are very nice.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#3 posted 08-10-2012 03:18 AM

Wonderful work and the carving looks super! Two thumbs up!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#4 posted 08-10-2012 04:02 AM

great looking work on the carving.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#5 posted 08-11-2012 02:02 AM

That is looking great. Love the Jatoba but bet it would be a tough carve by hand.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#6 posted 08-11-2012 06:14 AM

Nice work.
I love carving but I don’t do much of it.
Too busy with other challenges at the moment.
That’s a fine first effort.

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#7 posted 08-11-2012 06:21 AM

nice, it gives it a nice centre


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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