Walnut King Bed

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Project by gbinco posted 05-19-2015 06:01 PM 1102 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is my first project posted here. I had a few small and underwhelming but successful projects that I didn’t bother posting. I got started woodworking in school but hadn’t done it in a while. I’ve had to do a lot of researching (online and books) and have learned a lot by trial and error, mostly error.

When furniture shopping with my wife about a year ago I wasn’t completely satisfied by what I found…so I decided I could build a higher quality (hopefully) bedroom set for similar costs. Fortunately my wife supports all of my expensive hobbies as long as I do a decent job rationalizing it. I had to build a garage shop from nothing and expect to amortize the expense across many projects.

I learned sketchup and came up with several designs, finally settled on one we both liked a lot. I probably spent at least 50 hours in sketchup designing this bed and nightstands and a dresser (yet to be constructed).

I had a 100bf of walnut delivered (to supply other projects as well) and got to work…a lot of work, probably 150+ hours. That’s $1100 at federal minimum wage; glad this wasn’t commissioned. Due to my ambition exceeding my skills, I had to do some practice as well as try to fix some issues as …I caused them. I think I got really lucky because almost all of the mistakes aren’t visible at a glance. It takes a close inspection to find the many ways I botched it.

In the end-I learned a ton (mostly what not to do), spent about what I forecasted, and the wife is happy. A bonus, despite no logical explanation, it seems more comfortable than the boxspring/mattress on the floor. After a few nights, it hasn’t yet come apart. I’m happy.

I need a break. Time to focus on some other hobbies as spending 150 hours in less than 2 months while also working a normal full-time job has me a little burned out. Nightstands are next as the Ikea stands looks so much cheaper than I thought possible next to the new bed.

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#1 posted 05-19-2015 07:20 PM

A simple but elegant design and beautifully executed piece! I myself love the simple lines of modern furniture and this piece is quite handsome. This style will never go out of fashion and it doesn’t take away the beauty of the grain of the black walnut. This is quite a nice project for a novice. Keep up the good work and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

A note on your knot filler: I would use either a very fine wood dust (Black Walnut to match or Gabon Ebony-if you want black, Padauk – for deep orange/brown, or maybe a fine mineral dust) to make it look like it was intended to be filled, as oppose to being a boo-boo that was filled in. The thought here is that you have an ugly boo-boo that you want to fix to look like it belongs. It’s hard to hide it, so you have to make it look good. You don’t have to make it too obvious, but the right approach to this will make it extraordinary.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#2 posted 05-19-2015 07:53 PM

Again very nice design and a great job on making it. don’t worry to much about the mistakes if your just getting started back into woodworking, that’s how we learn as you found out. And also remember it is not a Mistake IF you can fix it.

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#3 posted 05-19-2015 09:16 PM

Verrry nice. I agree with your approach regarding building and justifying your shop and tool purchases. I also design everything in Sketchup first. You find many errors and mistakes there first and electrons are easy to fix compared to when you create them in wood first. Go for the night stands, you won’t regret it.

-- Bob

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#4 posted 05-20-2015 12:46 PM

Great work, never mind the so called mistakes. Mistakes give character to the piece that nobody else notices. Platform beds are much more stable. I have never heard of a box spring being returned.

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#5 posted 05-26-2015 06:20 PM

Thank you for the kind comments.
I did mix some walnut dust in with the epoxy for other small fills but thought that in the middle of a big not it would look cheap having a lighter colored fill. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought about a darker wood to match the knot coloring. Thanks for the tip, I’ll certainly use that in other projects.
I also had issues with introducing bubbles as I mixed the epoxy, made it cloudy.

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#6 posted 05-26-2015 06:31 PM

This turned out very nicely.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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