Traditional Cherry Bed

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Project by Tom Canales posted 05-17-2014 03:25 PM 1719 views 7 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Just finished a traditional Cherry Bed for my son and daughter-in-law. Similar to one I found in Woodsmith mag. Added dentals & modified leg construction so all four sides of each leg are face grain.

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#1 posted 05-17-2014 03:29 PM

Beautiful piece! I love the sleek contemporary look and although this is a “traditional” style that may not be “contemporary” it’s beautifully executed and is a classic!

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#2 posted 05-17-2014 05:57 PM

Nice work! The style and the choice of cherry make a good combination.

-- Doug

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#3 posted 05-17-2014 06:02 PM

Great bed. Well done.

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#4 posted 05-17-2014 06:42 PM

Nice work..

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#5 posted 05-17-2014 10:53 PM

Very nicely done. The dentil molding is an interesting design feature that really adds to the overall piece.

-- Art

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#6 posted 05-18-2014 02:36 AM

Tom, that looks fantastic! Congratulations. I’m working on a design for a bed frame very similar to this right now and will probably start milling/cutting in the next few days. Mine will have arched top rails and that top ledge like yours but will be a frame and panel design in Cherry and Mahogany.

Any pointers or tips from experience on this? Is this going to hold a box spring or will those slats be enough to support a mattress? How did you join the side rails to posts?

-- Scott Barringer, Sacramento, CA

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#7 posted 05-18-2014 03:32 AM

Scott, I roughly based this on a design I found in Woodsmith (Vol 18 #108). I added the dentals and instead of laminating three 1×3” boards to get a solid 3×3” leg, I rabett joined 4 1×2-3/4” pieces to get 3×3” all face grain posts. The full mortise’s in the rails for the slates was done with a jig simultaneously on two halves of the rail prior to joining in to a single rail. The rails are connected to he post with a standard mortise and tenon.

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#8 posted 05-18-2014 03:49 AM

Great looking bed—very nicely crafted.

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#9 posted 05-18-2014 02:32 PM

Love it….. Great work….

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#10 posted 05-18-2014 02:33 PM

It’s a nice piece and looks great.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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