Solid Hardwood Hickory bed for my daughter.

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Project by BigD1 posted 915 days ago 1909 views 11 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the long awaited bed I built for my daughter. The first bed I’ve ever built. Total weight is 230 lbs. not counting the boxes to support the mattress or the mattress itself, which is 19 inches high. . It was a joy to build and a real learning process. The head board is 116 lbs. The foot board is 64 lbs. and each rail is 25 lbs. All panels are tongue and grooved and made out of 4/4 lumber. The bed measures 63 inches wide, 74 inches long, and stands 64 inches tall at the head board. The rails are 9 7/8” wide, 1 5/8” thick. . The posts are 4 1/2 ” X 3 1/2” as a glue up. The arches on head and foot board are 1 3/4” thick, as are the horizonal pieces. The finish is Watco Danish Oil. Thanks for looking. BIGD1

-- Donald Baty

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#1 posted 915 days ago

Great looking bed & Hickory is a favorite of mine, guess because we had hickory trees on the farm. One day your girl will hand it down to her kids.

-- Lizardhead---Yeah but it's a dry heat--Tempe, Az

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#2 posted 915 days ago

Nice work. This bed will definitely become a family heirloom. I hope you signed and dated it somewhere.

-- JohnnyB - - Sometimes determination can substitute for skill.

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#3 posted 915 days ago

Looks like a bed made for a queen , great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 914 days ago

What a great looking bed, Im sure she loves it.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 914 days ago

That is sooo nice. Yes hardwood is heavy and nice. and lasts and lasts. Sweet project.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#6 posted 914 days ago

Great looking bed. I’m going to have to get some hickory! Thanks for sharing.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#7 posted 914 days ago

Nice curves ,I like hickory, hard to work with, you did great .

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#8 posted 914 days ago

I bet that one is solid as hickory! Great job. I love the play of colors of the sapwood and heartwood. You won’t find something like this at the furniture store!

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT15 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln

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#9 posted 914 days ago

Very nice looking bed, The hickory looks great. Awesome Build Donald

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

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#10 posted 914 days ago

Beautiful!! Great design and craftsmanship. Love hickory.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#12 posted 914 days ago

Greetings from the socialist capital of America – California.
Why do you think they call it the ’left coast’?

Great project. I have heard that Hickory is very hard to machine. Is that true?

Moreno Valley’s local has-been.
Servant of the Living God.

-- I may not have a lot of good ideas, but some of them are just incredible.

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#13 posted 914 days ago

To machine hickory has it’s challenge, but not like hard maple. It really is not bad at all. I enjoyed working with it. Give it a try.

-- Donald Baty

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#14 posted 914 days ago

looks great!
i can’t imagine lugging and tugging you did to build this

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

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#15 posted 914 days ago

very nice! we are in the process of trimming out our house in hickory—any advice on working with it? it’s very hard and dense, and of course, tools must be sharp, but any other nuggets?

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