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For a long time I wanted to make a new bed for my wife but she couldn’t seem to find a design she liked. A while back she found a plan she liked, a Perry Ellis Stickley Design. The design she found had quite a bit of inlay which kind of freaked me out as it was beyond my skill level so ultimately I decided to make the bed without the inlay component. It was about that time that I started to read about loose tenons which made me realize that the process of building this bed could be simpler than I originally thought. I hadn’t used them before and asked a few questions here about the process. First off I needed to make a couple of jigs, one for the loose tenons holding the panels in place and then for the legs. It took me a long time but patience really paid off on nice snug fitting joints. If I had any regrets it would be with the finish process. I tried my first effort with an HVLP sprayer and a water based lacquer, and of course had problems. Most notably with a finish that ended up like orange peel. Lots of sanding later and reading more on using a sprayer and I ended up okay. Ultimately the wife is very happy and as the saying goes, “if momma’s happy we’re all happy”. Now her part of the bargain is to make a nice queen sized quilt to go with the bed. Time to move ahead with my next project, a Thein top-hat for my DC.

-- Randy, Central MN





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jim1953

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#1 posted 747 days ago

Great Lookin Bed

-- Jim, Kentucky

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T. D. Reid

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#2 posted 747 days ago

Very nice job sir. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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ShaneA

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#3 posted 747 days ago

Turned out really nice, well done.

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Gatorjim

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#4 posted 747 days ago

Nice looking bed. Perry Ellis Stickley Design? Are there plans avaliable? I am sort of new on here and to woodworking in general and not real sure what the edicate (sp) is about asking about plans. Sorry if I am out of line in asking.

-- My theroy in wood working will be. If I'm not enjoying doing it i won't do it.

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workerinwood

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#5 posted 746 days ago

Very nice, great job!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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Craftsman on the lake

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#6 posted 746 days ago

Nice design. I choose loose tenons a lot too. I made my daughter’s bed with them awhile back. They work and with a good router and jig they are pretty easy to do.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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BenI

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#7 posted 746 days ago

Turned out great, nice job!

-- Ben from IL

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AaronK

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#8 posted 746 days ago

nice figure selection for the rails across the top of the head and foot. They add to the quality.

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AngieO

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#9 posted 710 days ago

I love this bed. Beautiful!

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sphayden

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#10 posted 640 days ago

I think that’s a really cool bed. Was is a from a plan I could get?

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