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

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 04-03-2009 09:56 PM 3483 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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#1 posted 04-04-2009 12:12 AM

Thas a nice start.

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#2 posted 04-04-2009 12:45 AM

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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#3 posted 04-04-2009 02:22 AM

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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#4 posted 04-04-2009 12:03 PM

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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#5 posted 05-07-2009 05:13 PM

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.

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#6 posted 05-07-2009 05:16 PM

Good start love making thing for my kids

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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