White oak California king bed

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Project by tallpaul posted 01-12-2010 09:02 PM 1872 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

No plans available for this piece, as I simply copied the dimensions from a maple production piece. The wood is rift sawn white oak- I considered quarter sawn but I thought it might get too “busy”. I added walnut feet from some cutoff chunks I had sitting around to add some interest, and ebony plugs in the Greene and Greene style, to make a straightforward design more interesting. Posts are hollow, quadrilinear, built with a lock miter bit on the router table. Joinery is mortis and tenon where I needed strength, but I found it easier to use a dowel jig for the slats…I don’t think cutting 48 mortises would make me a better man. But it might.

The finish is Minwax golden oak stain, with four thin coats of wiping poly, and a coat of wax.

The next project will be a pair of Greene and Greene nightstands, probably Darryl Peart’s Aurora nightstands, to go with the bed. I’m thinking I may do those in Mahogany, as opposed to the oak. Do I keep the bedroom set all in the same species, or is that too plain? I really like mahogany. What do you think?

-- tallpaul

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#1 posted 01-12-2010 10:09 PM

Nice looking bed.

I’d keep the nighstands in the same wood to match.

-- dcutter

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#2 posted 01-13-2010 06:20 AM

Nice looking bed.

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#3 posted 02-17-2010 08:30 PM

I agree with David- stick with the rift sawn white oak.

If you had used a bit of mahogoney for the bed, I’d say go for it, but I think it might clash a bit too much, or at least not look cohesive, as if you pieced the room together. Just my opinion.

The bed looks good… I do like the rift sawn look and agree that it is a bit calmer than QS would’ve been, so good choice there. I can’t say that I blame you on going the dowel route over M&T, considering there are 48 of them!

I suppose if you really wanted to use mahogoney for the nightstands, make sure to incorporate a copious amount of rift sawn white oak to tie the nightstands in with the bed.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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