Cherry, mahogany, birdseye bed

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Project by donaldcox posted 06-12-2012 02:52 PM 1855 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this bed for my daughter, her first big girl bed. This bed was refurbished from an antique store. The bed was destroyed when purchased and 20 percent was refinished with acrylic and painted to match the wood that was present. The manufacturer symbol was covered by acrylic and I didn’t discover it until late in the process. The manufacturer was Berkey and Gay with the number 227 under the head board. The birdseye was destroyed, much of the mahogany and cherry. If it was still was wood, it was dented deep, particularly any of the top edges, bed rails. The bottom pieces were broken off and the detail was missing.

The birdseye veneer was re-done as was the mahogany on the headboard/footboard. I re-routed the cherry to make take away the defects. Joints had to be redone. I re-created the detail, going off glue prints left on broken pieces. I think the detail is accurate to the original but can’t find any other beds like this. The feet (rollers) are lignum vitae. I finished the bed with transtint dyes of various colors, sanding back on the birdseye to help bring out the grain pattern. Blond shellac used for finishing followed by microcrystalline wax.

All in all, easier than I thought but more than I thought I was getting into. However, I am happy with the outcome.

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#1 posted 06-12-2012 03:44 PM

You did a magnificent job on this. Very nice work.

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#2 posted 06-12-2012 11:11 PM

now that is top shelf work you have done a great job and you have a good eye to find this in the rough to restore it to its former great self 5 out of 5 stars on this one

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#3 posted 06-12-2012 11:28 PM

Great Work Donald, I can not imagine it looking any better than it is right now. Now a few more generations can enjoy this bed.

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