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Bed Build #1: Oak bed started for one of my daughters

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 1937 days ago 2725 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My daughter requested a bed be made. She’s a grad student in Troy NY at RPI. It will be full size. I’ve looked at various beds and found one on LJ’s that has raised panels on it. Since my last project was my first raised panel cabinet I thought I’d extend the same skill to a bed. It will have head and foot boards and is made of red oak. I just picked up enough oak to do the bedposts today, I jointed and cut them to the corrrect dimensions and had enough clamps to glue up two of the four. Gee, wood is expensive. Now I know why I see people here starting to mill their own trees. An hours work doing that could save you hundreds of dollars. Some of you guys must spend a fortune of wood with the projects you’ve accomplished!

Some of the dimensioned lumber

One headboard post

Another headboard post

My rough drawn map of what I’m doing. I know it’s messy. It makes sense to me…. mostly anyway!

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



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Beginningwoodworker

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#1 posted 1937 days ago

Thas a nice start.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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Splinter324

4 posts in 1942 days


#2 posted 1937 days ago

Great project. At some point, you’ll have to create a logo that you can burn into the wood along with the date.
Keep us “posted”...!

-- Sandra

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Craftsman on the lake

2363 posts in 2034 days


#3 posted 1936 days ago

Well splinter, it’s for my daughter so I thought I’d try and get a little brass nameplate made that I can put on the footboard. I wonder where you get those done these days.

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

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hootr

183 posts in 1943 days


#4 posted 1936 days ago

check with a local coach at school on where they get they’re trophys or maybe a jewelry store for name plate
that will be a nice touch on a heirloom piece
good job

-- Ron, Missouri

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Greg The Cajun Box Sculptor

4930 posts in 1905 days


#5 posted 1903 days ago

You daughter is really going to love it! You hit the nail on the head when you said lumber is expensive. Wish I could find a local sawmill for oak.

-- Every step of each project is considered my masterpiece because I want the finished product to reflect the quality of my work.

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a1Jim

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#6 posted 1903 days ago

Good start love making thing for my kids

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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