New Bedroom - First Large Fine Woodworking Project

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Project by JerryinCreek posted 161 days ago 2360 views 27 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having retired last year and making a bunch of small projects (boxes, etc.), my wife said, “why don’t you make a bedroom set.” I said, “Are you kidding?, I could never do that!” I guess having someone believe in you is half the battle.

The major pieces were from plans I purchased from Wood Magazine. The basic design for the wastebasket was stolen from a commercially available one I saw online. I incorporated the cherry to match my theme and guessed at dimensions. I used a “sketch up” design for the plant stand but modified the dimensions and bent legs to match the other pieces. The picture frames were my own design and were really just reverse engineering starting with the size of the photographic prints.

I have learned so much this past year, I am truly amazed. I learned about heartwood and sapwood. I also learned about re-sawing (after the project!) which would have saved me a lot of wood, planer blades and sawdust removal! I have learned about patience and thoughtfulness as it applies to strategizing my next move and rushing a task (not that I always listen). I also need to remind myself that a project is not a “job.” Take it easy – you’re retired!

-- Jerry, Johnson Creek, WI "If it was meant to be different it would be."

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#1 posted 161 days ago

Very well done! Absolutely beautiful work. I commend you for taking on such an ambitious endeavor for your first large project. I can only imagine the level of effort.

You do however realize that the wife will now expect other rooms full of furniture. That should keep your retirement days filled up for a while. :-)

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#2 posted 161 days ago

That is awesome Jerry…you did an excellent job. You have to be very happy with that project. Beautiful wood and design, I really like how you did the drawer fronts. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dave.......Keep calm and make more sawdust....

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#3 posted 161 days ago

a gorgeous set! very well done!

-- You know I'm on the level 'cause my bubble's in the middle.

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#4 posted 161 days ago

Outstanding first big project, beautiful, design, wood combination and workmanship. See how her confidence in you paid off big time, great job, congratulations.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#5 posted 161 days ago

Great stuff. That’ how I intend on spending my retirement.

-- Red -- "That the powerful play goes on, and you may contribute a verse." W. Whitman

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#6 posted 161 days ago

That’s a great looking bedroom set! I like the suit hanger, the A&C lamp—heck, I like them all!

-- Dean

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#7 posted 161 days ago

Not just the bedroom set, but the light, and stand too.

Nice work. I like contrasting wood, so to me it’s a home run.

-- Jeff NJ

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#8 posted 161 days ago

Inspirational work. I’ve got to make some furniture for a bedroom in a house my wife and I will soon move into, and I’ve favorited this project just so I can look at it over and over to remind me of what is beautifully possible.

-- Phil, North Carolina

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#9 posted 161 days ago

Very, very well done. Keep it up

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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#10 posted 160 days ago

Nice. Looks like you could make the gentlemen’s valet in Fidgen’s book.

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#11 posted 160 days ago

Really beautiful set. Now it’s time for the dining room set!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#12 posted 160 days ago

I love that lamp. Great work!

-- Chris, , FACEBOOK: , Proverbs 16:9

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#13 posted 160 days ago

I have the same idea. I love the color of the wood. What was the hardest part of the build? What type of finish did you put on everything?

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#14 posted 160 days ago

very nice!I like those things you made!

-- All for one, one for all.

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#15 posted 160 days ago

You’ve done a fine job on this set. It’s very impressive.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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