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Cherry Sleigh Bed

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Project by Eric posted 08-15-2015 01:15 PM 703 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Every trip to an actual small independent lumber mill (as opposed to the home center) is a treat. That’s where this project began.

I wasn’t quite sure how to get the curves balanced just right so I took a few photos at a furniture store; I imported them to photoshop; I traced the shape I wanted; I tile-printed that shape to copier paper, taped them together and began cutting. That was a trip to figure out.

The head and foot boards are subassemblies put together with dowels. The bedrails are attached to the head/foot boards by threaded rod for easy setup and breakdown. (see photo 5)

I aged the cherry in the sun for a solid week. It certainly darkened but not enough to satisfy so my daughter and I dyed it and stained it the color you see here.

Top coat is pre-cat lacquer. This is my first project with pre-cat. ITS NICE STUFF!! I never want to go back.

-- Eric





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helluvawreck

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#1 posted 08-15-2015 01:19 PM

Now, Eric, that is a real beauty.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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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Eric

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#2 posted 08-15-2015 02:42 PM

The hardest part was getting the concave surface of each of the top rails (see photo 3). I had to purchase what turned out to be a 100 yr old round bottom handplane. I guess power tool can’t do everything.

-- Eric

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#3 posted 08-15-2015 03:04 PM

that looks nice great job.

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#4 posted 08-15-2015 08:40 PM

That is really cool. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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#5 posted 08-16-2015 12:36 AM

That’s a beautiful bed. It’s eerily similar to the one in my bedroom (smaller, obviously). The problem is, I didn’t make mine!

-- Joe | Spartanburg, SC | "To give anything less than your best is to sacrafice the gift." - Steve Prefontaine

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#6 posted 08-16-2015 03:10 AM

Nice job. It looks like you had some pretty enthusiastic support!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Lenny

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#7 posted 08-16-2015 10:49 AM

This is a beautiful bed. You did a great job.

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#8 posted 08-16-2015 06:17 PM

Wonderful… maybe we should start a Jr. Lumberjocks category.

-- Noel

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