|Project by T. D. Reid||posted 03-15-2012 09:11 PM||1931 views||1 time favorited||10 comments|
This was a thirteen day build and would have been done faster if I wouldn’t have had problems with the stain that I used this time (product review to follow). Anyway this is an Arts and Crafts style twin size bed that I took the basic design from Woodworker Magazine and then modified to fit my desires. It is build out of quarter sawn white oak with a Minwax Polyshades called Mission oak.
The legs are 2 ¼” square and put together using a 45 degree lock miter bit from Lee Valley stock number 16J75.08 giving this bed look of quarter sawn white oak on all four sides (see the product review on LJs for more info). One of the changes that I made to the design was the addition of the cap to hide end of the legs providing another horizontal line in a piece that has a lot of vertical lines. The rails for the head and food board are mortised into the legs and the stiles fit into a ¼” rabbit and have one inch spacers/fillers between them. I attached the side rails with modern knock down hardware and increased the length to 80” the size of college dorm beds. That will insure that if he becomes a tall man as predicted by the doctor then I won’t have to build another bed. If you check out my blog here on LJs I have more pictures from the build along with information not included here. I hope that you like as much as my family did. It is now set up and my eight year old room, he is dying to sleep in it for the first time tonight. Cheers!
-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd