|Project by JBWelker||posted 11-11-2015 10:14 PM||1344 views||12 times favorited||10 comments|
I have been tinkering with woodworking for several years, but only really got started in the last couple years. After completing several smaller projects, and in desperate need of a new bed, I finally decided I would attempt to make a bed.
The design of the bed is a hybrid of several ideas I took from other beds that I found online. The walnut inlays in the legs came from a bed design from an Amish furniture website, and the panel design was from another bed I had seen elsewhere.
The bed is constructed of mahogany except for the small inlaid panels in the legs which are walnut. The leg design proved to be the trickiest part of the build as I wasn’t exactly sure how to tackle them. I ended up routering out a recess in each leg to accommodate the depth of the walnut panels, which was 1/4”, and the depth of the bead molding, which was another 5/16”. The walnut panels were then glued in the recess, and the bead molding glued in to the panels after that. Each section of bead molding (32 pieces in total) had to be cut and labeled individually to ensure a fit with no gaps. Each leg consists of four boards with mitered edges. The head and footboard panels are attached to the legs with large dowels. Other than that, the rest of the bed construction was pretty straight forward.
The finish for the bed consists of one coat of 1-part cinnamon and 1-part medium brown GF dye (I used dark brown for the walnut), followed by one coat of dewaxed shellac, and finished with 4 coats of GF Arm-R-Seal. I had originally wanted to try to fill the grain for this project, but decided it would be too difficult considering the nooks and crannies in the raised panels and the fact that I had never done it before. Looking back, I wish I would have tried as I think it would have given it a more finished look.
From start to finish, the bed took me around 2-1/2 months to complete, and my wife and I are both very happy with it. As with all projects, I made several mistakes and am confident that I could do it better if I were to build another one…
-- Josh, Missouri