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Project by Garry posted 2750 days ago 2422 views 11 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is queen size headboard and footboard that I finished in the winter of 2006.
My wife requested that there be a footboard but no side boards.
My remedy for this request was to build the bench on to the footboard to allow it to be free standing without side boards.
The frame is air dried cherry that I had milled locally. The panels are made of curly yellow birch (some call it flame birch) veener which I made from 12 inch boards puchased locally.

The rest of the bedroom set will be a future project.
Construction process photos and details can be viewed at
http://www.superwoodworks.com/Projects/ArchedBed.htm.

-- Garry, Engadine, Michigan (Upper Peninsula)





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Mark A. DeCou

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#1 posted 2749 days ago

Hey Garry: a new concept, no side boards, I like it. Since you like this styling and the curves, which I do also, you will probably like the work shown at

www.jlmillercompany.com

I saw their work at the Western Design Conference, very interesting. Lots of curves and “movement” in their designs.

Can’t wait to see the rest of the bedroom,
Mark DeCou www.decoustudio.com

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan - www.decoustudio.com

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Garry

64 posts in 2750 days


#2 posted 2745 days ago

Mark, I went to the link above but their home page does’nt have any active links.

-- Garry, Engadine, Michigan (Upper Peninsula)

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redric

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#3 posted 2745 days ago

Hey Garry. I love your bed. The curves are really pleasing to the eye, and the panels are beautiful. Can you give me some idea of the time and pace of the project?

Also, I have some questions as a novice woodworker.

I noticed that you used rabbets and molding to set your panels. I was wondering why you didn’t use a rail/stile and router. I have a sort of fantasy that rail and stile bits will help me to make better projects more easily, and I am wondering about your motivation. I know that I can understand the process of rabbet and molding, but it seems like more work.

As a student woodworker, I have a tendency to think that anything I know how to do is somehow inferior to a method I don’t know or use. I like to think of this as a good thing, but sometimes it makes me less likely to master a technique before moving on.

Have you used rabbet and molding a lot in the past?

-- b.

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Garry

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#4 posted 2745 days ago

redric,
The simple answer is I did not have a rail and stiile bit for 6/4 stock.
And at the time I started I was not sure what the tickness of the panels would end up.
Using rail and stile construction would certainly speed the construction process and would be structurely sound also.
Hope I have answered your questiion.
Garry

-- Garry, Engadine, Michigan (Upper Peninsula)

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PanamaJack

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#5 posted 2554 days ago

Beautiful job Garry!

-- Carpe Lignum; Tornare Lignum (Seize the wood, to Turn the wood)

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Chip

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#6 posted 2539 days ago

Beautiful work Garry. Was using the new shuffle feature on the site and this project jumped off the screen. Terrific design and craftsmanship. Hope to see more of your work here in the future.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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Garry

64 posts in 2750 days


#7 posted 2539 days ago

Thanks Chip,
I am in the process of building a new house which I am building the doors, vanities etc.
When projects become completed I will be posting them in the future.
Garry

-- Garry, Engadine, Michigan (Upper Peninsula)

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Chip

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#8 posted 2538 days ago

What a huge challenge and how exciting! Am really looking forward to seeing the work. Good luck.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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David

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#9 posted 2538 days ago

Gary -

Thank goodness for the shuffle feature! Thanks Chip for gettig this project up on the shuffle – I missed this one. What beautiful craftsmanship! Gary, I checked out your website – very interesting to view the construction details. I love the joinery, wood choices and finish.

-- http://foldingrule.blogspot.com

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Sonny

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#10 posted 2346 days ago

awsome dude…...........

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Karson

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#11 posted 2346 days ago

Garry:

I thought that I’d posted a message on this project when you first posted it. I guess I was mistaken.

I have some wood like this but mine is Flaming Beech. It still has some of the park on it and it is beech bark.

Here is a table that my daughter made from it. The first that it has been used. It is some beautiful wood.

-- 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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Garry

64 posts in 2750 days


#12 posted 2346 days ago

“Garry:

I thought that I’d posted a message on this project when you first posted it. I guess I was mistaken.

I have some wood like this but mine is Flaming Beech. It still has some of the park on it and it is beech bark.

Here is a table that my daughter made from it. The first that it has been used. It is some beautiful wood.”

Hey Karson, the table was beautiful.
I am currently finishing my house off (building the doors, trim and cabinets) and I am using curly birch for the doors, stair case and parts for the trim. I am using steamed beach for the door jambs and casings. In the pile of steamed beach that I bought was a 12 inch and several 8 inch wide pieces of curly beach. Really nice stuff.
I do not know what what they will become yet but I will save then for something special.
Garry

-- Garry, Engadine, Michigan (Upper Peninsula)

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GabrielX

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#13 posted 1320 days ago

I have always wanted to build a head board and foot board but haven’t honed the skills to veneer, yet. Great pieces there, it would be nice if you are able to build some matching side tables!

-- GX

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Garry

64 posts in 2750 days


#14 posted 1320 days ago

Thanks GX,
The rest of the pieces for the bedroom set are in the plan. Just too many irons in the fire at this time.

Garry

-- Garry, Engadine, Michigan (Upper Peninsula)

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mbulla

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#15 posted 891 days ago

good job!

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