cedar bed and night stand

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Project by griff posted 02-10-2008 04:28 AM 1881 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Ok here goes, My wife and I went shopping for a bedroom suit, we really liked the style they called a sleigh bed but the price was a little high because i felt like I could build one anyway.So i decided i would build one and we decided to build it out of cedar, but we had no lumber.
My father had been cleaning up behind his house to build a pool and he had cut some cedars to saw that was in the way. that next morning he had a heart attack and passes away. weeks later i was down in the bottom walking around and found the cedar logs where he left them. I ask my mother if I could get them and cut some more logs, and so i did . Had them milled , could not wait on them to dry so I stacked some inside the shop and took some pieces of tin and walled up around the lumber and covered the top and took a blowing heater and blowed on the lumber for for several days and dried the lumber, good thing it was in the winter because it got real hot in the shop. The building process was very simple because i knew nothing and still very little about joinery. all i knew was screws and glue and nails. so the joinery in this bed is glue , nails and screws. I dont remember what the finish was but I do remember that it had a loud smell.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#1 posted 02-10-2008 04:37 AM

Great looking bed and chest.
Is that aromatic cedar? If so, bet that room smells real good.
What finish did you use?

-- Still learning everything

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#2 posted 02-10-2008 04:39 AM

Nice story. I bet you will always remember your dad every time you look at the bed.
Great job.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 02-10-2008 04:45 AM

Mike this is a very nice bedroom suite. But even more important is the story behind it. You can trace these pieces of furniture back to the original trees from which they were built. I am sorry about your father but I am sure that he would have been proud to see furniture like this created from “his cedar”.

Building a bed is difficult enough but to undertake a sleigh bed is much more complicated. You should be proud of your accomplishment.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 02-10-2008 05:09 AM

The joinery may only be glue, screws and nails, but I’ll be darned if I can tell from these pics. Nice job, and the story of how you got the wood alone makes it worth the effort.

-- "Give me your poor tools, your tired steel, your huddled masses of rust." Yep, I ripped off the Statue of Liberty. That's how I roll!

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#5 posted 02-10-2008 05:29 AM

Thanks for the comments
yes it is aromatic cedar , all i can remember about the finish is that it smelt really bad the only time you can smell the cedar now is when you open a drawer

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#6 posted 02-10-2008 06:12 AM

Really nice looking bed and what a story. Really clever way to dry your wood.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 02-10-2008 12:04 PM

Great looking furniture. I like projects where the wood has a story attached.

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#8 posted 02-10-2008 03:17 PM

Nice work Mike and nice story, I know that bedroom must smell nice :>)

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#9 posted 02-10-2008 03:26 PM

Nice work.
Great story as well.

Sorry to hear about your dad but the bed will be a lasting tribute.

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#10 posted 05-26-2008 08:17 PM

Very nice work.

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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