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Project by TexPenn posted 2290 days ago 1975 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a project I did the first week in our new house. The prices at furniture stores were outrageous. Plus we wanted our own. The posts are hard Maple. The head & footboard are soft Maple with wormholes. I added a Hard Maple butterfly to the headboard.. for effect and reinforcement. The frame is just plain 1 by 12s from Lowes – stained with Minwax cherry stain – and sealed with my all time favorite, spar urethane. The only thing I would now do differently is to raise the headboard… I was disappointed when we put on the mattress and pillows.. the butterfly was covered. But it was still a fun project, and my wife is happy. Still the next one will be better, lol. Also sorry to have to admit the footboard fell over at the last minute and landed on a screw (heavily) and left a mark. Imprint is more like it. If it was a custom order this wouldnt fly. But its for us so its good.

-- Ted, TX or PA www.around-the-bend.com





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trifern

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#1 posted 2290 days ago

Very cool. I love the butterfly.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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gator9t9

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#2 posted 2290 days ago

I love that bed ….yes you did a great job …..that would have fit right in my cabin on the lake …but that was long ago …
Thanks

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#3 posted 2290 days ago

great job.. really attractive

-- making sawdust....

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 2290 days ago

This is a nice bed. I like the look of the edge treatments on the head and footboards. The patch adds nice character to the headboard.

Nice job. Thanks for posting.

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

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joey

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#5 posted 2290 days ago

Nice bed,

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio http://sleepydogwoodworking.blogspot.com/

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Bradford

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#6 posted 2289 days ago

That’s a beefy bed. The butterfly inlay is a nice touch.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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Boardman

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#7 posted 2289 days ago

You’re a lucky man to have a wife like that! Now you’ve got me thinking about making something like that. Soft maple can be really dramatic.

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TreeBones

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#8 posted 2289 days ago

Nice. Great wood, my kind of work.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service http://westcoastlands.net/Sawmill.html http://westcoastlands.net/SawBucks2/phpBB3 http://www.portablesawmill.info

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#9 posted 2289 days ago

Very nice furniture, like I said before, that’s my kind of furniture. Great work. Nice butterfly. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 2289 days ago

Neat looking bed TexPen like those live edges , Great job

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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SPHinTampa

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#11 posted 2288 days ago

The bed looks really nice. The butterfly inlay is a very nice touch.

What type of joinery did you use to connect the rails to the headboard and footboard?

It looks like from the picture that the rails overlap the posts and are bolted in?

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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woodgrain411

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#12 posted 2288 days ago

very nice I like the dutchman you added

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TexPenn

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#13 posted 2287 days ago

Thanks to all for your compliments & interest! After being a lifelong framer of custom homes (woodbutcher) I use the simplest of joinery. The headboard is butt jointed & fastened with 5/8 dowels all the way through the posts & a 3/8 dowel on the funky part on the left side. The foot board is cut in half way & screwed with 3” self tappers, then plugged. & yes the side rails are fastened & removable with 3/8 X2” lag bolts. Totally a home made – made up design. We will have to see if it stands uo to the test of time. Thanks again, Ted.

-- Ted, TX or PA www.around-the-bend.com

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