|Project by Paul Maurer||posted 07-31-2014 02:34 PM||846 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
This full size bed was a gift from a friend. It was estimated by her to be 80 years old. It appears to me to be made of poplar and cherry. I think that the veneer for the headboard and foot board is cherry too, but I am unsure. The rails are veneered oak, the slats are fir.
A full size mattress has grown an inch longer since this bed was made. I am counting on enough room in the curve of the footboard to accommodate the mattress, but have cut away part of the head board to make room for the more rigid box spring. You will notice that the slats and slat hangers have been removed, also that the headboard posts have been notched and backers installed to receive an angle iron bed frame. This frame will no longer have to support a mattress.
Having received the gift late in the evening it was not until the next day that I put it together in the shop for an inspection. It had been repaired several times and refinished at least once. Where the finish had not worn away it had been worn, scratched, gouged, broken or rubbed with paint or painted. Quite an accumulation of wear and tear not to mention the dust, dirt and lint.
The repairs included a re gluing where the old glue was not removed and finish nails through the dowels were used to hold the pieces together. On the footboard on the right, inside was held together with brass strips nailed to the frame top and bottom. One of the rails had dropped the slat support more than once, it ended up being bolted on! A couple of the footboards feet were broken and numerous other cracks splits and pieces that would need to be glued back on or together.
I took all of the loose pieces apart, cleaned up the glued surfaces. Stripped everything, stained, glued, repaired and finished with water based poly and wax.
This bed will never have antique value but its beauty and usefulness have been restored.
-- Psalm 62: 11 Once God has spoken; twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God, 12 and steadfast love belongs to you, O Lord. For you repay to all according to their work