|Project by atceric||posted 01-08-2012 04:34 AM||3320 views||11 times favorited||5 comments|
Lots of weekends involved in this project. The plans came from Woodsmith, Issue 160, but I modified them a bit. The original plans called for a much reduced footboard. I essentially made a scaled down version of the headboard instead for the footboard.
The project is all hard maple except for the maple plywood inserts. Joints are all mortise and tenon with oak pins (Norm would be proud of me). Frame and panel construction captures the plywood inserts. It’s an extremely solid piece!
The design features contrasting colors, so the pieces had to be pre-stained/dyed before assembly. Since maple has a tendency to blotch, pretreatment of the wood was critical. I have used shellac to pretreat cherry, but this time I opted for Charles Neil’s Blotch Control. It worked very well, and I was very amazed at the results. Zero blotch, and none of the build up that I experienced with shellac. It is a water based product, so you have to sand lightly after raising the grain. A minor inconvenience in my opinion.
Another thing that worked really well for me was dying the wood versus staining. It was my first attempt to experiment with dyes and I chose Transtint Medium Brown. I sprayed on the dye and wiped back. I’m now a big fan of dyes. It’s amazing the clarity of the grain versus staining. The finish was a favorite of mine, wipe on General Finish Oil/Varnish blend.
Woodsmith has a number of plans for matching night stands, dresser, and such. Seems I have a lot more work to do. :)