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Project by FoggyGarage posted 09-07-2009 10:39 AM 2119 views 6 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.





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woodworm

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#1 posted 09-07-2009 11:12 AM

Very nice bed.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#2 posted 09-07-2009 11:14 AM

Very nice work,the more I see quilted Maple the more I like it,great deal on the Bay!!
I particularly like the knockdown mechanism,as old as the hills & almost as beautiful.
Welcome to LumberJocks,you have just added to the wonderful talent this website displays!

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#3 posted 09-07-2009 02:22 PM

Interesting combination of woods. Every project I do, I find a couple things I would have done differently. That’s all part of the learning process…..and I hope I never stop learning. Another great project. Thankis for sharing.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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#4 posted 09-07-2009 02:35 PM

Very nice work and design. That is what will be an hierloom piece for sure. I really like the combination of woods, now that I see it I can appreciate the combination as I doubt if I would have had the imagination to put them together. Thanks for posting it, as it really helps others learn from each other.

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#5 posted 09-07-2009 03:06 PM

Great Lookin Bed

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#6 posted 09-07-2009 03:08 PM

I like this to. sweet.

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#7 posted 09-07-2009 05:00 PM

Fabulous job. Very creative! Love the combination of different species of wood. Doesn’t seem to matter what I make, a big book case or a tiny blow-dryer holder: as soon as I’m done the “shoulda done that differents” start. lol
Vicki

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#8 posted 09-07-2009 06:04 PM

beautiful material. Turned out great

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#9 posted 09-07-2009 07:38 PM

foggy This is a wonderful piece to add to your fantastic list of great projects.

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#10 posted 09-08-2009 01:13 AM

Foggy, it came out great.

Gotta love the wood combo.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#11 posted 09-08-2009 05:34 AM

Great looking bed! You did a beautiful job on this piece. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 09-08-2009 06:04 PM

How clever. Give your new wife a bed as a wedding present. Then she will always go to bed with a smile.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#13 posted 09-09-2009 07:01 PM

Nice work Foggy, building a bed has been on my Honey do list for a while I have been trying to find a design that both me and the wife like, i can’t wait to show her yours!

-- Dave, I wood if I could but I can't so I woodknot

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#14 posted 01-13-2011 02:34 AM

Gorgeous bed. I hardly ever see Oak and Maple complementing each other but you worked it perfectly and even threw in the Wenge!

-- slowing down with bring you greater speed then going fast

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#15 posted 08-27-2011 10:38 AM

Looks great. Thanks for the lessons learned as well.

-- Shameless - Winner of two Stumpy Nubs Awards

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