|Project by Alongiron||posted 08-07-2015 02:02 PM||1268 views||0 times favorited||9 comments|
My wife has wanted a pencil post bed for some time. The hard part of making this bed is the posts. They are made from cedar 4×4s that I milled down to about 2-1/2” square.
The first thing I had to do was cut the mortises in the post blanks
I found a jig pattern on-line that I was able to tweek to fit what I was going for. It slides on my table saw fence.
It worked out just as I had planned. The jig turns on dowels that are slightly offset to each other to get the taper I was looking for. They were held in place by a third dowel to hold it in the correct angle.
Once I had them completed, I added some decorative lambs tongues that I carved into each leg.
The headboard and foot-board sit into 1/2” mortises set into the legs. The tenons are slowly tapered to 1/2” and were fit to each of the motises so they are able to move as the wood moves.
It was a challenge to add tenons to the bed rails because of the length of the rails (king size bed) but they turned out well
These fit into 1” x 5” mortises in the posts along with a 3/8” x 6” bolt to secure it tightly in place.
The head board, foot board, and bed rails are made from Hickory. After a coat of wood conditioner, I stained it with a cherry stain (Minwax) and 2 coats of Amber Shellac. After the final coat of shellac, I rubbed it down good with a brown paper bag and applied a coat of paste wax.
Thanks for looking!
P.S. I was asked by Art to share info on the canopy. The canopy is simple half lap joints that are not glued. I cut them a bit shy; using my table saw and a dado blade; of the line to sneak up on them for a tight joint. In the corner, I drilled a 3/8” hole through the ends. These fit into the 3/8” holes I drilled into the top of the post when cutting it on the table saw. I still have to turn an acorn or something to finish off the tops of the 3/8” dowels
-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien