|Project by MarktheWoodButcher||posted 10-12-2009 05:53 PM||2045 views||0 times favorited||11 comments|
I guess this should be a work in progress filing but here’s what’s done now. It’s black walnut, big leaf maple burl inlay, and really cool striped maple stick thingies. I tried for a Pacific Coast sort of Arts and crafts look. It’s a twin bed. I included one pic with natural lighting so you can see what the color of the wood really looks like. The only metal in the bed is the rail hooks. It’s all through tenon construction with burl capped wedges to get them really tight, and through pegs to hold everything where I glued it. Used Tightbond III. I’m making two chest of drawers to go underneath. The highly figured walnut knots/gaps/chasms had loose material in them that I didn’t want to loose. So following the advice of Peter Borland (a ‘Limey’ font of unending woodworking knowledge, this guy makes stuff I only dream of making) I flooded the loose areas with epoxy before planing. The mullion like square stick thingies (can somebody think of a better term for those, please?) with the great stripes came from the orange box. I hate sounding fancy but the ‘chatoyance’ of all of the wood is really cool. If you change your perspective by 45 degrees the wood takes on a totally different look. I honestly took a lot of time picking out the wood to get that effect. Later I’ll put some pics in a forum thread to show that ( I really can ramble about more than just politics.)
Four big mistakes I made that I want to talk about.
1) The inward curve of the posts should have been 1/2” more. They don’t project as firmly as the curve of the rails. I got timid.
2) The head board inlays and hole details should have been horizontal for interesting contrast to the foot board .
3) The headboard panel should have been set higher. It gets hidden behind the pillows.
4) I melted too much bee’s wax into my home brew Maloof finish. I have gone back over it with a polishing cloth half a dozen times but white bee’s wax seems to condense out again and again. I figure it will eventually stop but it might take years.
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