Mission-style doll bed

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Project by AstroGuy posted 12-25-2009 07:34 PM 1809 views 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Mission-style doll bed that I made for my niece for Christmas this year. Her American Girl doll is Josephina, a girl living in New Mexico during the 1800s.

The bed is made from quartersawn white oak using mortise and integral tenon construction, in an attempt to be period faithful (although it does not have exposed joinery). The carving is a southwestern-themed bear that was roughed out using a Carvewright machine and cleaned up with hand tools. My niece’s nickname is “Little Bear,” so this was a natural choice. The finish is a simple clear shellac topped with wax, mostly due to time constraints. I gave some thought to fuming the bed using the traditional ammonia technique but just didn’t have time to make that happen before Christmas.

The beautiful quilt and pillows were made by my mom who is an accomplished quilter. She did a superb job and the bedding really makes the bed in my opinion.

Thanks for having a look. Any comments are welcome. Happy holidays.


-- Richard

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