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,