|Project by Neil Davis||posted 04-16-2011 08:57 PM||3294 views||4 times favorited||8 comments|
This project was for grandson #2. It was a bit intimidating for me as there were several procedures that I had never attempted. Loose motise and tenon, through dovetails, steel drawer guides, turning identical posts, biscuit joinery on the curve and bed bolts through the posts to pull the rails tight.
The face frame construction on the base and the back of the bed was done using Kreg pocket holes. The panels in the back were made removable so that the pictures could be changed out if tastes changed in the future. The square part of the leg had a round three inch long tenon turned onto it and then I used a Fostner bit to drill the end of the bat to accept it. All along during the construction I would run into a procedure that I was unsure about and would double and triple measure to assure myself that it was going to be correct. For example drilling the end of the bats with the Fostner bit was done by turning the drill press table to ninety degrees and then using a digital angle guage I made sure that the bat when clamped to the table was exactly prependicular. I was sweating bullets but it worked, as I did not want to have to turn another bat because I screwed up.
The bed is made from Ash lumber for the primary wood and then Bass wood for the drawers and pine for the other secondary wood. The pictures are Decopagued to the panels. The bed is stained with medium red oak stain and then coated with gloss poly.
Anyway I am pleased with the project and it really taught me many new techniques that will help with the confidence for the next project…. A dining room table.