|Project by silverhalo||posted 10-07-2009 09:14 PM||59639 views||346 times favorited||64 comments|
This was a project idea borrowed from another fellow lumber jock who unfortunately I can no longer find on this site. I started it one year ago and have worked off and on between other projects and can now finally call it done. (It does still needs a head board though… oh well… at least its in sleep-able status!)
The bed frame is built out of African Mahogany, finished with 5 coats of pure Tung Oil and 3 coats of my take on Maloof’s oil/wax mixture (Tung oil, BLO, & beeswax with a splash of Turpentine). The slats are poplar with a couple of pieces of Alder holding up the center rail.
I have to admire people who do hand rubber oil finishes all the time, this was my first try at this technique and it was a very long labor of love…. sheesh. Maybe I should have started with something with less surface area for the first time, but it does look great in the sunlight and adds a lot of depth and warmth to the wood.
The joinery was challenging but fun. The sides interlock with the legs so the entire unit can break down into its individual pieces for easy transport if necessary. I just used a few screws for the inner rails that hold the slats up for extra strength, but really there wasn’t a need for many mechanical fasteners at all.
The foot of the bed I have carved the Bushido code (The way of the Samurai) in Japanese Kanji characters.They are the 7 virtues that the Samurai live by … Rectitude, Courage, Benevolence, Respect, Truth, Honor, and Loyalty. Something to remind me of how I wish to live my life in this hectic, crazy world we live in these days….
Hope this inspires someone to start a project of their own, Thanks for letting me share!
Here are pictures of my Sketchup drawings. Might help out with understanding the leg joints.
-- Robert Reznik - Albuquerque, NM - www.robertreznik.com