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Project by Sawdust4Blood posted 09-07-2010 01:13 PM 1444 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife had been wanting one of these ever since she bought a new pillow top mattress that added a couple of inches to the height of our bed. It was a simple one day build that is really only notable because of the lumber itself.

On my last trip to the lumberyard I was lucky enough to find a beautiful piece of cherry that was almost 15 inches wide. The only problem was that it wasn’t flat or straight (significant cupping and a mild twist). Since I didn’t want to plane away half the board to flatten it, I ripped the board into three separate pieces along the grain using a thin kerf blade, jointed it, then re-paneled it. As you can see, by removing as little material as possible between the sections and being careful to re-align the grain, it is almost impossible to see where the joints are.

It may not be as nice as having a single, flat, 15” wide board, but for me it’s better than turning half your lumber into shavings just to maintain the width. Additionally, with the amount of cupping this board had, I think that had I just flattened it, the remaining board would have been less than 1/2” inch thick rather than the 3/4” I ended up with.

Greg

-- Greg, Severn MD





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CharlieM1958

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#1 posted 09-07-2010 02:19 PM

Very nice… I love the shape. And I agree with your decisions on handing the board.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Maveric777

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#2 posted 09-07-2010 02:38 PM

That baby has some sweet curves!....lol

Very cool looking step Greg….. Good stuff!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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aero

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#3 posted 09-07-2010 05:06 PM

Very nice design, and your technique gives me hope for some of the wonky boards we have in our stash.

-- Karen and Bill

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Vicki

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#4 posted 09-07-2010 06:13 PM

Great look with the curves. I agree with your treatment of the board. 3/4” is much better and you are right that the lines aren’t noticible.
Vicki

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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Vicki

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#5 posted 09-07-2010 06:15 PM

Great look with the curves. I agree with your treatment of the board. 3/4” is much better and you are right that the lines aren’t noticible.
Vicki

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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GabrielX

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#6 posted 09-08-2010 12:02 AM

OOOOOHHHH! I have been waiting to see one of these on LJs!

I have a rather large cat who is getting quite a bit older and hesitates to jump off the bed anymore, and it just makes me so sad to hear her “thumphf” everytime when she comes down… I gotta make her one of those!!

Great inspiration; My fatty-cat thanks you!

-- GX

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YoungestSon

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#7 posted 09-08-2010 03:54 AM

Nice looking project. I really like the design. May the wife have many years of good use of it.

-- Don - Rochester, NY

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Chip

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#8 posted 09-08-2010 05:19 AM

I like the design with the wide first step Greg. Stable but the curves make it delicate looking too. Very nicely done!

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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tdv

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#9 posted 09-08-2010 09:06 AM

Greg that’s a great job I can’t tell it’s been cut you re-matched it well. I also like that kind of “Arts & Crafts” look about the piece. Beautiful wood & a beautiful piece
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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Rick

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#10 posted 09-08-2010 09:42 AM

Why didn’t you just cut a couple of inches off the 4 Bed Legs and save yourself the bother of having to build this?

JUST KIDDING!!! It’s a VERY Nice piece of work. As Vicki said I think the Curved Sides really make the design.

Thanks for Posting.

Rick

-- COMMON SENSE Is Like Deodorant. The People Who need It Most, Never Use It.

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#11 posted 10-04-2012 01:43 PM

Not only is the Cherry beautiful, bit the curves are perfect for it’s proportions.

Ripping the board before planning was the right way to go, and is something we would do in my shop on a regular basis.

Beautiful job on this.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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