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!
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