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Project by edapp posted 08-12-2018 03:26 PM 1082 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Looking through the Stickley catalog inspired this design. It is very similar to one of their current productions with just a few modifications. Started early june with a truck load of 4/4 white oak and two sheets of 3/4” qswo plywood that I used for the panels. This project was a lot of fun, but challenging mostly due to the size of each piece. It was difficult to work with in my small shop and required constant re-arranging of tools to accommodate its size. Overall it was a pretty simple project and moved along fairly quickly. I felt pretty uneasy about some of the dimensions because we didnt have a headboard/footboard to go off of, but now that it is all setup I think it turned out perfect.

I used dominoes for most of the construction, two adjustable feet under the center support, screwed down all the slats, and knock down hardware from rockler. The finishing process was: General finishes medium brown dye stain (two coats) followed by one coat of arm-r-seal gloss and a thin coat of arm-r-seal satin.

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#1 posted 08-12-2018 04:14 PM

That is a beautiful bed. Well done there!

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#2 posted 08-12-2018 06:42 PM

Very impressive! Your perseverance paid off with a beautiful and finished project.

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#3 posted 08-12-2018 09:11 PM

Very nice bed. We were just looking at G$G furniture for ideas on something she can’t quite put her finger on. I’ve seen a lot of it in the last week, and that is every bit of a 5k bed retail. No doubt yours is built with better hardware.

“one coat of arm-r-seal gloss and a thin coat of arm-r-seal satin.” From the pics that is quite a nice recipe, 2 views one inside and one in bright sunshine, both look very good. How did you apply it?

Nice work.

Thanks for posting.

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#4 posted 08-12-2018 09:19 PM

Ed, it looks great. You just have to love the Domino for speed and consistency!

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#5 posted 08-12-2018 11:19 PM

“one coat of arm-r-seal gloss and a thin coat of arm-r-seal satin.” From the pics that is quite a nice recipe, 2 views one inside and one in bright sunshine, both look very good. How did you apply it?

Nice work.

Thanks for posting.
- therealSteveN

Naturally, the pictures dont do it justice. I have been very happy with this combo for my qswo projects and plan to use it throughout our bedroom. It is just plain quick and easy. Although I did decide to dive into the HVLP world after this project…. I am excited to learn about that and get away from the tedious process of brushing finishes.

I applied all of the finish with a foam brush. I wiped the excess dye with a paper towel after letting it sit ~5-10 minutes. Due to the size of all of the pieces, I dyed and applied the first coat of sealer to each piece individually. Then I glued on the caps of the headboard and footboard, setup the frame in my shop and applied the last coat of arm—r-seal to everything at once. Sanded after the dye dried with 220 grit lightly, and sanded after the first coat of arm-r-seal with 300. The final coat of arm-r-seal was super smooth, didn’t require any attention once dried.

Thanks everyone for the comments!

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#6 posted 08-13-2018 01:21 AM

Very nice looking bed. Well done.

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#7 posted 08-13-2018 03:09 AM

great looking bed,very nice work.

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#8 posted 08-13-2018 11:20 AM

Beautiful bed, Great workmanship, Love the progress pictures.

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#9 posted 08-13-2018 12:23 PM

very, very nice indeed

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#10 posted 08-13-2018 01:22 PM

Love it and the progress pic’s, well done.

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#11 posted 08-13-2018 01:27 PM

Beautiful. I am really wanting to build a headboard for our room. Shop is way to small so trying to come up with plans still. Hope it comes out as nice as yours.

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#12 posted 08-13-2018 01:54 PM

Really nice work edapp!

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#13 posted 08-13-2018 02:20 PM



Beautiful. I am really wanting to build a headboard for our room. Shop is way to small so trying to come up with plans still. Hope it comes out as nice as yours.

- mjandhj

Do it! It is really pretty simple, just the size like you said that makes it difficult. The footboard I could lay across my workbench, but most of the time working with the headboard it was clamped to the side of my workbench, upright. Also as you can see in the progress pics, I didnt have any clamps long enough to span the width. If I were building another, I would definitely pickup some pipe/pipe clamps long enough for the job. It is pretty amazing how much of an impact it has in our bedroom though, I highly recommend it if possible!

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#14 posted 08-14-2018 02:14 AM

Thanks for the response Ed. I’ve only used the Arm r Seal on smaller items, and just pad it on with a dust free rag, so far pretty good. I’ve never used the gloss, thinking gloss usually is like looking at the bright lights, toooo much. I’m more a Satin and flat guy. I think I will try a coat of satin over gloss on the next project I finish. I like how your bed looks.

If you venture off the QSWO the Arm r Seal is like magic on Cherry and Walnut. I imagine everything actually.

Also Congrats on your 3, they hadn’t awarded it before, it’s very much worthy.

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edapp

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#15 posted 08-14-2018 09:51 AM

Steve,
I cant remember where I read it (I did not come up with this myself) but I have been using the gloss version of any poly to layer, and using the sheen of my choosing on the top coat. The reasoning is that the lower sheen levels actually are less “clear” than a gloss or semi-gloss, and that building up layers of a satin finish will cloud or block more of the grain from view than building up layers of gloss. I don’t know how true that is, but I am happy with the results.

I think my first go at that theory was my kitchen countertops (sapele) where I applied 7 total layers of arm-r-seal, thinning as a I went. The first 6 coats were gloss, the last coat was satin, but they definitely appear satin. The finish is very clear overall and looks thinner than it is. Very happy with this method, and with arm-r-seal in general.

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