The Cedar Queen

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Project by MarkTheFiddler posted 04-17-2016 03:07 AM 908 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch


June 2014: I took Victoria to a gigantic Flea Market in Canton Texas. She saw some Cedar beds she loved and said “Dad, make me one of those.” That was music to my ears.

November 2014: I picked out the logs and got them cut.

October 2015: Logs were dry enough. I started on the bed. I spent forever cleaning up the bark and sanding.

December 2015: Not finished with the sanding. Had skin cancer removed from my nose. It turned into a giant hole which required some pretty fancy plastic surgery and all kinds of rules about straining myself and dust.

End of March 2015: Recovered from the second surgery. Doctor cleared me for woodworking.

Today: I set up Victoria’s new bed. I hope she still wants it!!!!! Heh heh.


Victoria is the Cedar queen. The bed is just full sized.
I learned the wood is actually Juniper and that Texans call it Eastern Cedar.
I spent quite a bit of time auditing the wood to use as much of the natural edge as possible on the headboard, footboard and rails.
I ended up making the headboard separate from the legs the inserted the headboards into large precut mortises or more accurately – slots.
The only hardware I used were the bed rail hangers and screws. The rail hardware was installed into hand-cut mortises.

I disguised the natural edge into the stretchers for the headboard and footboard. I cut a small rectangle out of the four corners then cut small block to fill the gaps.

Here is the best shot I could get out of several tries.

This illustration is crude way to show what I did.

Anyhow, I need a camera that is very user friendly. It’s been a bit frustrating trying to find a decent picture out of the tons I took.

But that doesn’t matter at all.

Victoria just got home. I have never seen her so happy!!!!!

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 04-17-2016 04:45 AM

I am H A P P Y for you!

I know you are busting a gut, smile, buttons, etc. etc.

Job well DONE…

Beautiful bed… Very COOL!

Great work!

Good to see you back…

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 04-17-2016 07:20 AM

Unperfections on live edge cedar are just adorable. Realy good looking bed.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 04-17-2016 11:51 AM

WOW..Beautiful bed, Mark!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 04-17-2016 12:18 PM

Right on mark. Glad to hear you’re back on the horse again. The bed came out awesome.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#5 posted 04-17-2016 02:09 PM

very nice

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#6 posted 04-17-2016 02:33 PM

Great job,you really know how to put the wood in the light!I see many details there.

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#7 posted 04-17-2016 03:48 PM

”Victoria just got home. I have never seen her so happy!!!!!”

As difficult as it was, as a father, to assure that our daughters turn in for the night with a smile on their face, you my friend have truly captivated your audience with your gift to her.

I love the smell of Juniper/Cedar/Yew in the morning.
...and it’s a great ‘air freshener’ for the shop.

Well done Dad.
Work Safely and have Fun. – Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#8 posted 04-17-2016 04:35 PM

Thank you all so much!

Jim, You are responsible for the one year delay my friend. I couldn’t touch the fresh cut lumber for a year. Thank you sir!


Thanks for the comments. Rough year but I’m feeling good. State of my garage is – a little cluttered but manageable.


I wish I knew how to take a decent picture. There are lots of things I love about the bed I just couldn’t capture. Thanks for having the vision sir.


Once again you capture so much with so few words. You have a gift my friend. Thank you always for the support and mentoring. Even today I learn what a “Yew” tree is.


The illustration is for you. Hope it works.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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#9 posted 04-17-2016 05:52 PM

I’ve always loved this look, and you’ve done an outstanding job bringing it out. I don’t post much in the way of projects, either. I just tossed my old digital camera (batteries leaked and destroyed it), with which I could never get good pictures. My son’s cell phone does better.

-- Random Orbital Nailer

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#10 posted 04-17-2016 06:01 PM

This turned out so nicely.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#11 posted 04-17-2016 06:11 PM

Very cool looks great.

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 04-17-2016 09:37 PM

When i say”you put the wood in the light” i refer strictly to the way you work the wood…just to be clear.I like especially how you cut the wood for keeping a good contrast.

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Joe Lyddon

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#13 posted 04-17-2016 10:00 PM


Thank you very much… Just AWESOMELY Beautiful!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#14 posted 04-17-2016 10:14 PM


We’re on the same page. I get you. Your recent heart projects are wonderful examples.

-- Thanks for all the lessons!

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