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Project by Damian Penney posted 06-23-2007 01:56 AM 36572 views 30 times favorited 61 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So this piece was inspired by the one that Pottery Barn sells, but I made Fins a tad fancier. The headboard and bow are made with a walnut frame, and a teak and holly panel. Four drawers in the bow, two accessed by flipping open top, and the bottom two swing out on soss hinges, there is a caster under the drawer that it rolls out on for added support.

The drawers were pretty challenging and as they are two sets of bent laminations that twist and had to match up in the middle (should have made them as one piece and then band sawed them into two pieces. The rails are topped with walnut, using dowels and glue to attach them (the dowels are maple and look great against the walnut)

Firsts for this projects :- spraying (it’s Target coatings water based lacquer) doweling (the frame for the bow is doweled) torsion boxes – the headboard, and the bow are both attached to torsion boxes (with the long rails attached to the torsion boxes using bed hanger bolts)

Took a while but Fin loves it :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso





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Bill

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#1 posted 06-23-2007 01:58 AM

Very cool Damian. I bet he just loves the boat. Sails away each night in his dreams..

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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#2 posted 06-23-2007 02:02 AM

Very, Very nice Fins a lucky boy.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#3 posted 06-23-2007 02:18 AM

Cool!...my niece lives on the water on Cape Cod and has a little boy. Their downstairs family room has a boat bar and buffet table from the previous owner but this is much nicer. I think I’ll show it to her. They might like to do something similar.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#4 posted 06-23-2007 02:25 AM

Very cool project. Did you save anything over buying the pottery barn item? Obviously higher quality with yours, but any savings? Usually I negate the cost by purchasing tools for the project.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke." www.flickr.com/photos/gizmodyne

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#5 posted 06-23-2007 02:43 AM

I probably did save a bunch; but that’s only because the PotteryBarn one is so over priced ($2000) it took forever though (about 18mths) the drawers being especially difficult.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#6 posted 06-23-2007 03:07 AM

magnificent.
SO cool.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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#7 posted 06-23-2007 03:21 AM

That is the neatest bed I’ve ever seen. The four drawers in the bow are a great idea. You took on quite a challenge and won.

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#8 posted 06-23-2007 03:22 AM

Wow! I grew up on the Chesapeake Bay and would have loved to have that as a bed!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#9 posted 06-23-2007 03:24 AM

Awesome! That’s a great bed!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#10 posted 06-23-2007 04:40 AM

that is sweet!!!! i want one…forget the kids…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#11 posted 06-23-2007 04:49 AM

I am Inspired! Thank you so much for sharing. Now to convince the wife that we need one too. ;)

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Damian Penney

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#12 posted 06-23-2007 05:03 AM

If I was to build another it would come together a lot quicker. I designed this project in sketchup and I think having designs that were a little too detailed held me back in this case; specifically regarding the front drawers.

I built the walnut/teak&holly bow before the drawers. So the curve was set, then from that I built four forms, two for the top drawers, two for the bottom. What I should have done is just twisted the luan for both the top and bottom drawer and just let it form its own twist. Spent way too much time bending them to my will (pardon the pun) instead of letting the wood itself dictate the design. Also building them separately instead of together meant a lot of fiddling getting the bottom of the top drawer aligned with the top of the bottom drawer. A very good lesson though.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#13 posted 06-23-2007 05:15 AM

Its funny how Sketchup can almost make it too easy. Very easy to design things that are very difficult to build. A great list of 1sts there Damian.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker http://www.capecodbaychallenge.org

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#14 posted 06-23-2007 05:24 AM

That’s just fantastic! Nice that you learned several things too.

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- http://blanchardcreative.etsy.com -- http://snbcreative.wordpress.com/

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#15 posted 06-23-2007 06:19 AM

Now that is COOL!

-- Don, on California's Central Coast

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