Traditional 4 poster bed

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Project by BryanatWoodstock posted 07-27-2013 05:45 AM 1534 views 3 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made using 8/4 soft maple. The 8” wide boards cut at 4” x 37” and glued together to make 8 turning squares 3&3/8” x 36”. Turned on lathe, and router jig to do beading / fluting. Headboard is 20” high, planed to 1&1/4” . The 3 post parts are finished separately, then glued together. Test fit in basement. I use 3/8” x 6” bolts and T – nuts to hold the bed together.

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#1 posted 07-30-2013 04:20 PM

Excellent work on that beautiful poster bed. Great design especially on the posts and the finish is fantastic.

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#2 posted 07-30-2013 08:49 PM

Thanks! This one went to our Daughters house. Thats my wife and granddaughter in the pic in the huge master bedroom. This replaced a cheap metal one they had.

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#3 posted 08-08-2013 10:03 AM

add some more build pics. I sprayed min wax gloss poly with a simple sprayer on the rails, head and foot boards, posts are all brushed finish, then glued up.

Parts stained, brushed, and made up drying stands from the off cuts of the maple planks, either drilling holes or insert short dowels.
Glue up after finishing

Did have a problem with dust settling on fresh poly and insects getting stuck in the finish

I like this style of bed, small easy to work on parts, doesn’t use a lot of lumber to build, bed posts bolts to head, footboard, side rails so it is easily broke down for transport.

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