Sheraton field bed

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Project by acanthuscarver posted 04-02-2008 04:29 AM 2704 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Another one of my standard pieces. Adapted from a period bed made in America during the late 1700’s. This one was made in some awesome curly birch.

-- Chuck Bender, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 04-02-2008 05:18 AM

Hi Chuck,

This looks like an interesting piece. Don’t worry about conserving space on your posts. Go ahead and use the three slots to post pictures from different angles. How about some more info on the bed- wood(s) used, finish/stain, special construction techniques. These details help those of us addicted to this site to get our daily fix. :)

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 04-02-2008 07:17 AM

That’s a nice looking bed. It looks awfully spindley compared to my big beefy one.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 04-02-2008 11:26 AM

That is nice. The wood grain is spectacular.

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#4 posted 04-02-2008 01:19 PM

Awesome job! What is the finish?

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood!,

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#5 posted 04-02-2008 01:33 PM


-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#6 posted 04-02-2008 01:59 PM

That is a dandy bed. You say it’s one of your standard pieces? Tell us about the rest and show us some more photos.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#7 posted 04-02-2008 02:28 PM

Thanks everyone for the compliments. I’ll try to post more pictures of other projects when I have the chance. I’ll also try to post multiple views if I can.

To answer the primary questions asked, the wood it curly, or flame, birch. The color is achieved by layering different stains and dyes but the graining is natural. All I do is try to bring out the curl in the wood. The final finsh, as with most of my pieces, is shellac.

Scott, I like the blurb at the end of your post. I can add a line, if you like. “It’s an even more expensive profession.”

Gary, many of the period Sheraton Field beds made in America were made with 12/4 material giving them a very light appearance. As time went on, and the country moved out of the Sheraton style, the beds began to gain mass again. They also started adding more and more carving, which is why the Victorian era is also referred to as Rococo revival.

-- Chuck Bender, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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