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Project by Mikesawdust posted 04-22-2011 05:52 PM 1278 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this bed for my son, he was outgrowing his old bed and I decided to give it my best shot. I kept the design really simple. I made the entire frame from Mahogany and used figured cherry for the slats in the head and footboard. I was a little worried about the contrast, so I lightly stained the cherry and used a Dutch oil finish. The joinery was tough since I didn’t want to show end grain, you can see in the picture my solution was to add a strip down the edges after joining them. The head and footboard are mortise and tenon joints (my first time doing this).

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Tom Canales

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#1 posted 04-22-2011 06:05 PM

Nice job, I like the contrasting wood.

-- I used to be indecisive, now I’m not so sure

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#2 posted 04-22-2011 06:30 PM

Thanks, My son loves it, My wife complains it’s too dark, and too tall. Oh well, 50% approval is better than most presidents get.

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#3 posted 04-23-2011 06:52 AM

Great Lookin Bed

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#4 posted 04-29-2011 07:06 PM

Sharp looking bed, I like the strip to avoid the end grain idea, great, thanks for sharing

-- It's Mic Keep working and sharing

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#5 posted 04-30-2011 03:52 PM

Thanks, I was going to try a complicated joint that was a cross between a miter and a mortise tenon, but my test on pine proved my skill level fell short on that joint. as it was I just mitered the tip and the strip.

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#6 posted 04-30-2011 03:56 PM

Great Joint

I like the bed and the colour
My wife does not like my taste in colours either
But my three dogs do, so she get’s outvoted. :)


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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