James' Bed

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Project by Armand posted 1497 days ago 1547 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my project for my son and very first since joining LJ. The project is very basic using only handtools available in my small shop. First time to build such project without using nails and hammer. First time to do mortise and tenon and dowels. Dovetail was used to lock the aprons to the posts (a screw was added at the end to secure the lock, very stable and I hope it will last).

A lot of things learned on this first project but also realized how much power tools are needed to produce fast and quality projects.

pic #3 – mortise using only hand drill and chisels.

pic #4 – the clamping method using wedges in the absence of big clamps.

pic #5 – the finished headboard.

pic #6 – dry fitting in our room, my shop is tool small to accomodate dry fitting.

Thanks for viewing.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#1 posted 1497 days ago

You did a great job.

The bed looks good.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 1497 days ago

Good looking bed. Very nicely done and will built. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 1494 days ago

Well done, you have inspired me to try making a bed for my son. My excuse was always the lack of professional tools, but you’ve clearly done quality work without.

Great Job.

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#4 posted 1492 days ago

James, Really nice bed. I would like to build a similar bed for my son as well. Can you tell me what type of wood you used and give me a rough of how many board feet?
Thank you,

-- FMG- Woodworking is 90% mental the other half is physical

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#5 posted 1492 days ago

@FMG: since this is my first serious project and due to lack of precision tools, I hesitated to spend for real hardwoods. I used common lumber usually available in local hardware stores here in Philippines, it is called TANGUIlLE (don’t know the scientific name or US equivalent).

Board feet:

3” x 3” x 8’ – 1 pc = 6 bd ft
1” x 6” x 8’ – 4 pcs =16 bd ft
1” x 2” x 8’ – 9 pcs = 12 bd ft

Total: 34 bd ft

my Isuzu SUV can only accomodate 8 feet long woods and am already considering swapping it to second hand pick-up truck. :-)

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#6 posted 1479 days ago

Nice job on the bed a great job of imporvising you do very well with the tools you have. ktf

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#7 posted 1421 days ago

nice job Armand!! I like it!!

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#8 posted 1421 days ago

Nice looking, bed.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#9 posted 1421 days ago

You did a good job and the bed looks fine. I’ll bet that you did learn a lot and that’s a good thing because that what it takes to become a craftsman. You will always learn more with every new thing that you do. Good work!!!

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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