Tornado Bed #1: Getting Caught Up

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Blog entry by jeffbranch posted 07-10-2011 01:42 AM 1058 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I live near Birmingham, Alabama and on April 27th we had a historic severe weather event. An amazing number of tornados struck a wide variety of communities across East Mississippi, North Alabama and NW Georgia. Some were EF4 and EF5 in strength and the devistation was not to be believed.

As the relief effort got underway, I contemplated how I could help. While the community I live in escaped serious damage, this day was life changing for several of my friends. When something like this happens so close to home, the idea of doing nothing or very little left an uneasy feeling in me. I have a chronic back problem, so heavy lifting and debris removal in damaged areas would have to be left to others. Since I have made woodworking my hobby for almost 30 years, I decided I would build a queen size bed and give it to a needy family. I am currently about 2/3 through with the project. This is my first blog post at LumberJocks and here is the progress so far…

Straight forward design – a little style gained from the headboard panels and finials.

A close up of the finials.

Primarily for convenience and budget reasons, I chose select grade pine for the project and I designed the posts so they could be quickly made.

With the posts complete, I form the cross pieces for the footboard first adding tenons to the ends.

I have worked on this project on and off for two months and currently am about half way through the headboard. I’ll add a post about that next.



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#1 posted 07-10-2011 03:33 AM

cool gift for the family

--, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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