Michael's Bed

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Project by kenn posted 02-17-2011 09:35 PM 1843 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this bed over a 5 month period starting in August 2010. It’s a combination of several others, most notably Lonnie Bird’s bed from Fine Woodworking and Charles Neil’s video series. It is Tiger Maple that I purchased from Irion Lumber in Wellsboro, Pa. Enough of the credits, right? It is a queen size. The headboard is held in place by a floating mortise. The rails are joined with bed bolts then covered with the brass from Ball & Ball. The octogons were roughed out on the bandsaw and then hand planed. The lambs tongues, 32 of them, were hand carved with a chisel and a gouge. The finish is three coats of stain, dark brown followed by amber followed by a lighter brown. I planed and/or sanded between coats then applied BLO and multiple coats of garnetlac shellac, buffed with steel wool, and applied Briwax.

#1: Overview of the bed #2: The headboard #3: Details, bed bolt covers, routed profile on rails, carved lambs tongue #4: Money shot of the foot board, amazing figure, the dye process lets it shimmer when viewed #5: Headboard post connection with lambs tongue #6: That’s the matching stool off to the side

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#1 posted 02-17-2011 09:56 PM

A fine looking bed, the finish sure looks nice.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#2 posted 02-17-2011 10:42 PM

Beautiful grain and some great looking finish. What’s the measurements (thickness) of the posts, side rails, foot rail and head board.

I’ve tried to turn some spindles out of tiger maple and there was no strength because the long grain was in reality side grain and they broke with any kind of side pressure.

So I’ve been interested how thicker pieces work out.

That is one fantastic looking bed.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#3 posted 02-17-2011 11:38 PM

Beautiful bed and beautiful quilt, Ken.


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#4 posted 02-17-2011 11:54 PM

Un trabajo estupendo,un acabado muy profesional .La cama,la manta y la mecedora forman un conjunto calido y muy familiar,me gusta como puede quedar esa habitacion,un saludo.

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#5 posted 02-18-2011 05:50 AM

Thanks everybody. Karson : The rails are 2 1/4” x 4 1/4”, the posts are 2 1/2” at the square section and taper to 1 1/4” at the top and are 7’ 2” tall, the headboard finished out at 11/16” thick and is 15” tall. I had lots of issues with tear out, especially since most of my work is with hand tools. I fanally had to resort to using a scraper on some spots…I just couldn’t keep taking .002 shavings off that headboard for a couple spots and decided that it was done. I did glue and screw 1 1/4” square hard maple cleats onto the side rails to carry the load to the side rails, maybe that will help me stucturally.

It was to fulfill a promise made to my son about 10 years ago that I’d make him a bed. I already made his older sister the desk ( that was promised her. That leaves one daughter and a dresser to go. Thanks to all for looking.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#6 posted 02-18-2011 06:24 PM

Thanks Kenn: I bought a carbide insert planer and jointer when I retired and moved to Delaware. I had a lot of figured wood and I knew that the regular planer blades usually did a job on figured wood.

I’m glad that you got it under control.

Looks beautiful.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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