Tornado Bed #4: Finials

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Blog entry by jeffbranch posted 01-23-2012 12:02 PM 2243 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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In my last post, I had the basic form of the bed completed; time now to move to some of the fun work – making the finials and doing final sanding/finish work.

I make this little base for the finials to rest on. I add glue to the four little triangles and tape them together and set aside to dry.

I form blocks of wood…

Make a jig for my table saw which helps me knock the corners off the blocks. I make extras and select the four best finials.

Using a forstner bit in my drill press, I drill out holes for a tenon.

Here, the finials are installed and I get ready for one final step in construction.

I add pegs to the post mortise and tenon joints using a drill guide and cut them flush with a pull saw.

The finish process on this pine is a coat of Charles Neil’s pre-stain conditioner, Minwax oil stain and then a combination of two coats of brush on poly and a final coat of wipe on poly. Here is the finished project:

The bed was donated a couple of weeks ago to a family who had their home destroyed in the April 27th tornado event which struck north Alabama. The family is now living in a new home and this bed along with many furniture donations by others are helping them get their lives back together. This was a fun and very rewarding project to build and I plan to construct more disaster related projects in the future.

Thanks for reading,



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#1 posted 01-24-2012 04:43 AM

Nice Job, I love the finials.

Bonus points for the cause!

-- Fergie in CO

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#2 posted 01-25-2012 08:04 AM

Great cause and great looking bed. I’m an insurance adjuster and saw first hand the devastation! I applaud you

-- Michael,

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#3 posted 07-25-2012 02:16 AM

Wow Jeff, Great job! I like how you pinned the tenons.

-- I have a fever, and the only perscription is, more COWBELL!

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