Mahogany Bed Repair.

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Project by Roz posted 06-03-2012 05:47 AM 1098 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

While recovering one from a stroke, and the other from two hip replacements, my in-laws decided to add two single beds to their bedroom.
The antique beds they purchased were very nice but proved to be cracked and some wood was missing at just the point where the rails attach to the post, which serverly compromised the beds stability.

I decided to attempt making repairs to the damaged beds the results were good. The only trouble is that no one will ever see my skillfully made Dutchman patches of Poplar unless they are taking the bed apart.

I shall continue to live in obscurity….

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#1 posted 06-03-2012 01:09 PM

Nicely done, Roz!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 06-03-2012 01:37 PM

well done… one of my first furniture projects was to repair and lengthen our antique bed so that just a full size mattress would fit… I did that 35 years ago and the bed is still in use… and no one sees it…

Lately my wife suggested I upgrade it to queen size… but uh, I don’t think I want to go there…

-- Al H. - small shop, small projects...

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#3 posted 06-03-2012 06:34 PM

I know how you feel Terry. Obscurity is a place I’m very familiar with, and probably for good reason.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 06-03-2012 06:54 PM

Nicely Done.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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#5 posted 06-03-2012 09:43 PM

That’s a lovely bed head Terry and well worth the the Craftsmans repairs you have done.

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#6 posted 01-15-2014 12:41 AM

Terry, I have the exact same bed with the same blown-out hook connection where the side board connects to the headboard. Your worrk looks great, including the finish. I’m concerned about the finish. What did you use?

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#7 posted 01-16-2014 03:29 PM

Art, I used a poplar to make the patch because it will replicate many other woods in taking stain and is easy to shape. I stained it with a Minwax color blend to get it close and sprayed a modified lacquer with a matching sheen. The lacquers I like are Delft and Watco brand.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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