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Project by Ick posted 09-04-2016 02:42 PM 966 views 5 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mission style prairie bed made in cherry.

Hardwood is local to eastern Oklahoma. Picked it up at a kiln about 90 miles east of me, price and quality make it worth the drive (and I don’t have many other options). Legs have walnut top and bottom caps and molding. Plug covers are walnut.

Ordered a Wood River benchtop mortiser, and I used the 1/2” chisel exclusively.

Headboard and footboard each have 54 spindles (1/2” X 1/2”) – Queen size bed.
Drawers have half-blind dovetails. the fronts are cherry, and the sides are poplar. The bottom is aromatic cedar. Installed on soft-close drawer glides.

Lots of pre-finishing, or at minimum, pre-staining. Lots of restrictive areas to try to get a consistent finish into. It took some extra time, but I think it was definitely worth it.

-- Craig, Oklahoma





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#1 posted 09-04-2016 04:33 PM

Very very nice!

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#2 posted 09-04-2016 08:03 PM

Very nice, that is a lot of spindles!

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#3 posted 09-04-2016 09:16 PM

definitely worth it! – wonderful looking piece

-- Greg Simon

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#4 posted 09-05-2016 12:59 AM

That is a lot of mortising. Turned out great but then I’m a bog fan of Mission style furniture. Are you planning to make matching side dressers?

What did you think of the Wood River mortising machine?

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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#5 posted 09-05-2016 01:43 AM

I’ll be making 2 chests and 2 nightstands.

I read a lot of reviews and follow PintoDeluxe on here, and he was leaning toward the Steel City. This was one of the few that had a steel bed and fence. I think PintoDeluxe went with the PowerMatic, but it was over $100 higher, so the yankee in me, got to me. It’s my first mortiser, but i can’t say I’m disappointed. Went into the shop about 2 weeks after I got it and the gas shock had given up, but they replaced it without any issue, so that’s good to know.

-- Craig, Oklahoma

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#6 posted 09-06-2016 03:05 AM

Gorgeous bed Craig! How long did it take you, from your first cut until the finish was dry?

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#7 posted 09-06-2016 01:05 PM

I’ve got about 100 hours in it.

-- Craig, Oklahoma

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#8 posted 09-06-2016 01:45 PM

EarlS, I went and read your Blog, and found it very interesting; and warrants more of an answer on the BenchTop Mortiser.

My first woodworking “machine” was a 1978 ShopSmith Mark V (which I still have, although relegated to minor duty). So, I’ve got a drill-press (of sorts). They have a mortiser attachment, but the table/fence are aluminum and will deflect. I knew that they would deflect an unacceptable amount to go this way. I tried to go with the Steel City, but with them being out of business, etc., etc.. I decided to go with the Wood River, which supposedly was made by Steel City. It seems to be a very beefy machine. I decided against the PowerMatic based on the price and the amount of mortises that I’ve cut to date, in my life.

It comes with 2 different gas shocks, of different lengths, and I had to use both for various mortises. I’ve got to find somewhere to store the shock that isn’t mounted, and I’ll probably forget where that special place is. It’s not a total loss, because I had the long one go out. The shocks hold the heavy motor head up, a scrap wood jack does the same thing. Like I said, I found that Wood Craft has the spare parts and did a good job of providing a replacement.

The legs on the bed are slightly under 4” thick. I planned a deep mortise (~3”) to set the spindle rails into. The chisel length restricted me to about 2.5”, but that was fine.
An item that I liked on your Blog, was the ‘why’. Since, I’m new to mortising machines, I wanted to know the process, and why. The book said that when mortising a wider mortise than the chisel, to drill holes that were spaced apart and then drill the connector hole. I found that the chisel was very hard to retract on a deep hole (even had to resort to persuasion with a rubber hammer). I found that drilling adjoining holes gave chips a relief and I didn’t suffer the binding.

Another item that I gave a lot of thought to, was how to ’index’ the spindles. I have 54 spindles in the headboard, or 27 on each side. Any error introduced by spacing spindles would telescope by the time I got to the end. I didn’t find anything in the manual, or any discussion online, as how to equally space mortises. I finally talked myself into not ‘indexing’, just measuring. I took an 18” steel ruler and marked a line every 1”. I figured if I got one off the next one would make up for it. I’m very pleased with the result, I can’t tell any variation, or even lean on any spindles.

-- Craig, Oklahoma

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#9 posted 09-07-2016 01:33 AM

Nice job!

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#10 posted 09-07-2016 07:48 PM

Great Lookin Bed

-- Jim, Kentucky

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