|Project by Ted Rogers||posted 05-02-2013 08:14 AM||1270 views||0 times favorited||2 comments|
I was given a hulking ~4’ rough 6×6 of dirty mystery wood that turned out to be cherry. I have no idea how old it is or where it came from—I just had no idea that there would ever be 6×6 posts of cherry. As soon as I planed back the first layer of age, I knew that I wanted to make some bed legs. I’ve never started a project at the legs—so I did just that.
Regardless, I milled the thing to a square 5×5 so I could actually make work of it on my table saw. The milling process was arduous to say the least as I do not have a planer or jointer, so I built a flattening jig for my router and just hogged all four faces flat. Next I built a tapering jig for the table saw and put a subtle 5 degree taper on one side, partially out of necessity to work around rot and big splits, as well as to get a neater profile. The parallel face remained un-tapered as I was also going to cutting my first mortise and tenons on this project and the idea of a tapered mortise was more than I could wrap my head around.
Cut all mortises and sank thread-inserts for hidden bed hardware.
Next, I pulled 4 old 5×4 spruce joists. Routed one jointed edge, ripped to a uniform 6 1/2” and then planed to uniform 4×4—I quickly realized that I was not in love with the look of old spruce. Matching or making a complementary finish to oil rubbed cherry was a nightmare, but I conditioned and stained with a cocktail of danish oil and tints, followed by a more concentrated pass of stain, in some confused ditch effort to get the thing any darker after I had fed it all the stain it would drink, I mixed stain and rub-on poly, which after the sufficient buffing looked surprisingly good. I can tell you now though, that I’m done making softwoods look like anything that their not.
Project is close to completion, will post more pictures when I’m done.
-- T E D R O G E R S