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Project by Andy Brownell posted 1557 days ago 3281 views 5 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second of two beds I started back in December for my kids. This is for my daughter.
It is a full sized version that I scaled down from a picture of a Thomas Moser Design. I love his stuff, but can’t afford any of it.

The headboard and footboard crest rails are all made with square, double wedged through tenons (my first real attempt). This was very tricky joinery, mostly hand-cut, with few right angles.The floating headboard is a single slab of 16” wide ribbon sapele. All of the rails are 8/4 thick solid walnut and assembled with 6” bed bolts.

I opted to make my own bed bolt covers for this bed, which are made from a scrap end-cut of the headboard. They use the sap wood/heart wood combination that mimics the headboard design. The finish is three coats of Minwax wipe on poly, with 600 drit and Naptha between coats. Hand wax finished it off.

I’m done with beds for a while. On to the next project.

-- Andy Brownell





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richgreer

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#1 posted 1557 days ago

This is very nice. Congratulations on a very good job.

I’m curious. It looks like that big floating panel in the head board is connected the bed posts with dowels. How did you provide for any movement of the panel? Do a couple of the dowels sit in an oblong hole?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Jim

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#2 posted 1557 days ago

Beautifull bed. I like Thomas Moser’s work as well. I borrowed his design “courtroom stool” to make my barstools. I’m vacationing next week in Maine and I am looking into doing a tour at his factory near Porland, ME.

-- Jim, Now in Nashville, TN

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Brandon

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#3 posted 1557 days ago

Looks great! You probably saved yourself $3500 by making it yourself!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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KnifeL

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#4 posted 1557 days ago

Nice work.

-- Will in Boulder, CO

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tinnman65

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#5 posted 1557 days ago

Very nice Andy, your daughter must be very happy. That headboard is sweet!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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Andy Brownell

144 posts in 1877 days


#6 posted 1557 days ago

Rich: yes, the lower portion of the headboard pins go into a slotted mortise in the leg, unglued.
Brandon: agreed, I saved a ton, and learned something in the process.
Jim: I hit a Moser store in any of the cities he’s located in. I spoke with him last year at the Woodworking in America Conference. Nice guy.

-- Andy Brownell

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a1Jim

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#7 posted 1557 days ago

Nice bed Andy

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Dave

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#8 posted 1332 days ago

The oriental flavor is what does it for me. My wife and daughter have been wanting new headboards. I liked this one so much i marked it. I think i will use it for the ms’s bed. And I will say its Andy’s translation of a great design.

Good one man I’m impressed.

-- Superdav "No matter where you go - there you are." http://chiselandforge.com

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