My first woodworking project

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When my wife and I decided we needed a new bed I thought “I’ll make one, how hard can it be?” At this point I had few power tools to assist (only drills) so it was all made with hand tools. It took about 2 months in total (a few hours in between w@#k).
It is made of pine from a local timber merchants and stained with a medium oak stain then 4 coats of satin varnish.
6 months later and it’s still standing

-- Failure is always an option

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#1 posted 10-16-2011 06:45 PM

Great first PROJECT! Keep on learning!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#2 posted 10-16-2011 06:49 PM

Hey Simon
welcome to Ljs
A wonderful first project,well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 10-16-2011 07:08 PM

Great Lookin Bed

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#4 posted 10-16-2011 07:22 PM

Nice looking bed frame Simon. You are on your way to the joy of woodworking. I am thinking of converting my waterbed frame by putting slats across for support. What kind of support did you use to support your slats?
Thanks for sharing.

-- Flaws are only in the eye of the artisan!

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#5 posted 10-16-2011 08:38 PM

you have got talent..looks great for anyone,never mind it was your 1st

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#6 posted 10-16-2011 08:44 PM

Welcome aboard, the bed looks good, stout, like it will last a long time. Time to start planning the next project. Maybe matching dresser or nightstands?

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#7 posted 10-16-2011 09:45 PM

Welcome and well done. A good solid looking bed.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#8 posted 10-17-2011 12:56 AM

Very nice. Welcome to the fold.

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#9 posted 10-17-2011 01:03 AM

thats pretty good for a first project. Hand tools are the way to go.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. -

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#10 posted 10-17-2011 06:46 PM

Thanks for all the comments, it’s by no means perfect, some bits not quite straight but I managed to hide all those!. I actually made this a few months ago and have since made a few other things to match (I’ll be posting these soon) and I’ve no shortage of projects in the planning stage

Don – The slats are supported on rails screwed and glued to the sides. There is also a rail in the middle to give a bit extra support.


-- Failure is always an option

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