|Project by FoggyGarage||posted 09-07-2009 10:39 AM||2204 views||6 times favorited||15 comments|
This bed was my wedding present to my wife. It’s queen size, quarter-sawn white oak with wenge details and maple panels. The through-tenons are pinned with wenge.
This was made in 2004 and was the first completely original design I made for a large piece (It was inspired by a bed from a book, but I did not use a scaled drawing as I had done with previous pieces).
I would not have used Wenge again for the details! I made twice as many endcaps as you can see, and split or destroyed each one!
The posts are all 3/4 inch oak wrapped and glues around a poplar core. With my saw at the time, this was no small feat. The panels are this amazing quilted maple veneer I found on eBay for $100. I got 4 sheets that were 50”X 24”. Insane. I don’t have a press or a bad, so I applied tightbond-2 glue to both the veneer and the 1/4 panels, then let the glue dry. Then I ironed the veneer on. Worked like a charm.
This is also my first oil and wax finished piece; but I decided that I wanted more shine on the maple (OK. I was afraid of trying wax with them). So I used poly and I don’t like how then came out. They look a little plastic-y. But otherwise the whole thing turned out great, and I have not had to tighten it up in 5 years.
The back-sides of the headboard and footboard don’t look so great; I used wenge cleats and pinned in the panels, since they sit in a rabbet that follows the irregular shape of the field. If I could do it again, I would make the back-sides a regular shape so I could use a molding or maybe figure out a way to glue up the boards with the panels in place.