Red Oak Headboard and Footboard

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Project by DW833 posted 02-05-2017 03:43 PM 910 views 3 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Made this bed from plans in the book Furniture For All Around the House. Book is several projects from other Taunton Press publications. The plans were by Jeff Miller. Had a few questions about the plans and emailed him. Responded with answers that were helpful. Except for the wood species, stayed with the plan design.

Dimensions I used are for the queen side bed. The original plans are for a twin size, but queen size dimensions were provided. As suggested I raised the height of the side rails to match a queen size adult bed. However, after placing the box spring and mattress on the bed, should have raised it less. Found the mattress height to high for my taste.

This is the first bed I’ve made and project has several other first for me. The large panel glue up is the largest I’ve done. The thickness of the panel makes it easier to avoid bowing the panel during glue up.
Took awhile to lay out the arch. The arch I made differs from the book, but not by design. Tried to make is close, but didn’t turn out like the book.

Wood species is red oak. Joinery is M&T. I used the maloof finish of about each 1/3 tung oil, poly, and BLO. Plus added some mineral spirits to thin it a little. The finish has some benefits over other similar mixtures. Dried faster and had less off gassing. Other than that couldn’t determine much different over other mixtures.
Used Watco Satin Wax to buff out the finish. First time using this wax. Found it to be much easier to apply and buff out than paste wax. Results are the same as regular paste wax.

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#1 posted 02-06-2017 03:07 PM

nice looking

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