|Project by Mattyb22||posted 12-12-2011 10:56 PM||3160 views||2 times favorited||5 comments|
My wife got me a table saw for Xmas of 2009 and it all started from there. After several cutting boards and two months had past, I decided I was ready to tackle a bed. What was I thinking? The last woodworking education I had had was from eighth grade shop class where I built a bird house out of oak. I got it in my head that it would be a great anniversary present from me to my wife. I ran it by her only because I was going to spend a nice chunk of change and because I wanted to see if she had any requirements she’d like to add. I showed her some pieces of wood I had in my shop and she chose brazilian cherry and a small chunk of quilted maple that I’d acquired. I hadn’t worked with the Brazilian Cherry yet and really had no idea what I was in for. I bought the lumber, got some serious sticker shock, and then began to mill the brazilian cherry to spec. My saw blades (went through 3 of them) and router bits took a serious beating with this project. I did have to acquire several more tools to complete it though (snicker snicker). All joinery is mortise and tenon, except for the side rail hanger hardware from Rockler, and the panels are rail and stile (all which I learned how to do correctly [I think] by watching Marc’s videos at www.woodwhisperer.com). Marc has no idea how much he saved my ass on this one. I finished the bed with BLO, then 5 coats of poly, sanded with 0000 steel wool between coats. I gave it to my wife and she was absolutely blown away by it. Needless to say, I gained a a lot more tools, knowledge, skills, and confidence from this project. A year and a half later, the bed is still rock solid with no creaks or squeaks in the joinery and no wood expansion issues. As always, all comments and criticism welcome.
-- Matt, Boca Raton, Florida, "I excel at making sawdust!"