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Project by firefighterontheside posted 03-18-2015 07:43 PM 3149 views 10 times favorited 35 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Someone came to me with a picture of a bed that they wanted. I determined that the bed pictured was actually made with 1x material and made into box beams to resemble large timbers. She wanted the big timbers, so I got four 4×12 yellow pine rough sawn, kiln dried timbers and made the bed with these plus some other yellow pine I had. The footboard is 83” long, 19” tall and 3 1/2” thick. The rails are 80” long, 3 1/2” thick and 8” wide. The headboard is 48” tall, 83” wide. It has posts that are 48” tall, but the large glued up panel is rabbeted in to hide the fact that there are posts. I applied prestain conditioner prior to staining with special walnut Minwax. This controlled blotching very well. Then I sprayed a coat of dewaxed shellac and followed with two coats of Minwax polycrylic also sprayed. I was very happy with the finish. The bed is assembled with mortise and tenon joints that are held together with angle brackets to keep the joints together. This bed taxed the capabilities of my tools and I used just about everything I own. Thanks for looking.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 03-18-2015 07:59 PM

Really nice work. Stain came out great.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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dawsonbob

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#2 posted 03-18-2015 08:09 PM

That looks great, Bill. My hat’s off to you…I wouldn’t even attempt something that large. Good job.

-- Mistakes are what pave the road to perfection

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firefighterontheside

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#3 posted 03-18-2015 08:12 PM

Thanks Monte and Bob.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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jack1

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#4 posted 03-18-2015 08:13 PM

Looks great!

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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Mainiac Matt

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#5 posted 03-18-2015 08:19 PM

I like the solid and stout proportions.

I’m glad the finish didn’t turn out too dark. You had me worried when you were talking about “dark brown”

It turned out really nice.

-- Pine is fine, but Oak's no joke!

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firefighterontheside

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#6 posted 03-18-2015 08:24 PM

Thanks Jack.
I had me worried too Matt. I don’t usually stain anything, but she wanted it dark. I was surprised how it looked with the prestain conditioner going on first. It reduced the uptake of the stain and gave it a nice dark Amber when mixed with the yellow pine.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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Gene Howe

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#7 posted 03-18-2015 08:34 PM

One heckuva big bed!
Nice clean lines and a sweet finish.
Great job, buddy.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#8 posted 03-18-2015 08:38 PM

turned out very nice! i wouldn’t want it stained too dark either – it’s just right

-- Greg Simon

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#9 posted 03-18-2015 08:54 PM

I would say that you nailed it…. Looks fantastic!!!

Glad you didn’t call me, to help you move it.
My back is hurtin’.... just thinking about it!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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firefighterontheside

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#10 posted 03-18-2015 09:14 PM

Thanks Gene, Greg and Randy.
Thanks for offering to not help Randy.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#11 posted 03-18-2015 09:46 PM

That’s a big one Bill! Really turned out nice and I’m with Randy, sorry I wasn’t able to help move it! The finish really worked well, congrats…..

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#12 posted 03-18-2015 10:45 PM

Very nice.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#13 posted 03-18-2015 11:18 PM

Thanks Jeff and Chris.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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gfadvm

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#14 posted 03-18-2015 11:39 PM

A very ambitious project! You did an outstanding job from start to ‘finish’. Working with that huge stock looks like a sport for the young and stout!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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firefighterontheside

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#15 posted 03-18-2015 11:59 PM

You’re not kidding Andy! Thanks.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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