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Spalted maple/ebonized poplar bed

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Project by Sinister posted 12-01-2008 05:47 PM 4429 views 7 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a “commissioned” piece for my inlaws.
I ebonized the poplar using black TransTint dye and India Ink.
First coat Dye/ink in Zinsser Seal coat.
Second coat Dye/ink in 50% ethanol.
Third coat Dye/ink in seal coat again.
I ended with a few coats of Arm-R-Seal.

-- Patrick, Iowa City





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Karson

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#1 posted 12-01-2008 06:00 PM

Great looking Bed. Nice job on the staining and finding the spalted wood.

I had seen a bed in an antique store and the bed slats had a big dovetail on each end so that it locked into the support under the sides. I built that on a commissioned bed that I made. I dovetailed both ends of every other slat. It keeps the sides from bowing because they are locked into any movement altogether.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Sinister

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#2 posted 12-01-2008 06:15 PM

Dovetailing is a good idea. I debated about putting spacers between the slats to to keep them from shifting. I ultimately decided against it because I didn’t see that being a real problem. Dovetailing is a good idea to prevent bowing. Were your slats pine or hardwood? I spent a little extra and used poplar for the slats with the hope that they would be less likely to bow.

-- Patrick, Iowa City

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#3 posted 12-01-2008 06:27 PM

i love that spalted wood…truly nice job…WELCOME TO LJ’s…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#4 posted 12-01-2008 09:03 PM

Very nicely designed and built!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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fred4999

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#5 posted 12-01-2008 09:18 PM

Nice job, slats reminded me of the beds in Viet Nam. Will you need box springs or will the slats suffice?

-- Fred, Georgia

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#6 posted 12-01-2008 11:10 PM

nice looking … I like it

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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woodworm

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#7 posted 12-02-2008 01:01 AM

Very very nice!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Karson

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#8 posted 12-02-2008 03:41 AM

The sides were 2” white pine. ( I made the bed for the daughter of a sawmill owner and he provided the wood and the requirements.) The slats were red oak.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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BigBard

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#9 posted 03-16-2009 05:22 AM

Very nice bed, I am finishing up a bed right now that is very similar, I will post it in a couple days!

-- Carolina Panther fan!

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