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Arts and Crafts Wedge and Strap Bed #10: Stain, Lacquer, Hardware, and Lighting

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 09-23-2013 05:33 PM 1679 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I stained and sprayed lacquer, and let the finish cure for 48 hours. Next I waxed the bed with Howard’s Walnut Wax and #0000 steel wool.
Then I turned my attention to mounting the drawer pulls. I use Scott Collins “no math” method for laying out the hole locations. Then I offset the holes 3/16” higher than the layout mark, because the threads on the pulls are off-center. I use a full-size jig to mount the four pulls.

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Drawer pulls installed.

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I installed a xenon low voltage puck light behind the valance.

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The wiring harness and transformer tuck neatly behind the headboard.

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I installed this nice little rocker switch from Rockler. It required a 13/16” Forstner bit. First a 17/32” bit for the bed bolts, and now a 13/16” bit for the switch? Just plan on two extra trips to the hardware store, because I can guarantee you don’t have those sizes.

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Two bed bolts on each leg secure mortise and tenon joints. I sourced my hardware from McFeely’s.

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Cross-supports are added to connect the two drawer boxes. The cross-supports (red arrows) bear weight on the lower plywood strip.
Notice how the back edge of the drawer slides rest on the lower plywood strip (blue arrow). This helped to simplify drawer slide installation.

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Plywood decking is added. Two pieces of 3/4” plywood run lengthwise, and slip into grooves in the side rails. The decking is secured with machine bolts and threaded inserts.

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A bit of notching is required to fit the decking around the post and bed bolts. The bed bolts are a bit tricky to install, but the curved/slotted washers help. In the end, it produces an extremely strong and secure joint.

That about wraps it up for the bedroom set, although I may add a rocking chair …hmm…
Cheers!
The completed project page is here… http://lumberjocks.com/projects/89923#comment-1681205

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush



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GrandpaLen

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#1 posted 09-23-2013 06:42 PM

That’s a Beautiful Bedroom Set, stellar Craftsmanship.

Very nice Fit and Finish.

Best Regards. – Grandpa Len.

Work Safely and have Fun.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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pintodeluxe

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#2 posted 09-23-2013 07:21 PM

Thanks for the kind words Len.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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AandCstyle

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#3 posted 09-23-2013 11:47 PM

Willie, another outstanding project. The bed is amazingly complex and your execution appears to be flawless. Take some time to celebrate before you start your next masterpiece.

-- Art

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pintodeluxe

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#4 posted 09-24-2013 12:07 AM

That’s the best advise I’ve heard all month.
Thanks Art!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 09-24-2013 08:41 AM

What a great bedroom set one to be proud of no doubt!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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