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This was my first major project in my new shop.





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Kirk Hutcherson

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#1 posted 378 days ago

Very nice job! That’s a fine bed right there.

-- Kirk

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edward60

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#2 posted 378 days ago

Nice bed. I like this style -simple and elegant.

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Ken90712

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#3 posted 378 days ago

Great looking bed!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 378 days ago

Congratulations, great looking bed!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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HillbillyShooter

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#5 posted 378 days ago

Very nicely done—fine looking A&C piece.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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Ottacat

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#6 posted 378 days ago

This is a great looking bed. Did you design it yourself or use plans from somewhere. Also what did you do for the finishing? I think the colour looks fantastic.

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pintodeluxe

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#7 posted 377 days ago

Looks solid, nice job.
What style of bed bolts did you go with?

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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jimbarstow

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#8 posted 377 days ago

In looking at beds, I noticed that curved headboards with slats almost always limited the curve to the top of the top rail; the bottom of the top rail was kept straight to make the joinery easy. This always struck me as out of balance so I wanted to try make the top rail a true curve. The design is entirely original and mocked up in sketch up. (Not a real model, just enough to get a good feel for what the curve should be.

I’ve made beds for 2 houses and have come to the conclusion that simple and strong is best. This bed uses a shallow mortise and tenon to position the rail on the post then a single bolt through the post to a cross dowel. The bolt is counter sunk and hidden with a wood cover plate.

For the last 3 beds I’ve made, I’ve used 2 “connector” bolts to cross dowels and no longer hide them. These are unobtrusive and you end up with a bed that could be dropped off a building and hold its structure. There is absolutely no trace of racking.

The finish is what a local cabinet maker suggested: a combination of minwax wipe on poly thinned with mineral spirits and a tiny bit of tung oil. I sand very carefully between coats with scotchbrite pads from the third coat on and keep the coats very thin. I usually use at least 5 coats.

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mbs

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#9 posted 377 days ago

I like the curves. Nice job.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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dnick

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#10 posted 377 days ago

Nice looking piece. Well done.

-- dnick, North Hollywood, Ca.

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