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#1 posted 08-04-2011 02:57 AM

Hey, almost forgot about this- Currently in my shop is a “Mahogany” 4 post head and foot board. The clients bought a queen then decided they wanted a king so I’m grafting another 16” to them. wanna guess where it’s made? Anyone? Uh huh, China. They must have laid out some major cash on this thing as they didn’t blink when I quoted.
When we moved it back to the shop I noticed it weighed a hell of alot more than it should for Mahogany, esspecially if it was solid.
Up on the bench it became clear why; an inch and a half of MDF. Back panels solid MDF with that ol’ painted on wood grain, fronts ‘relief’ carved. All they did of course was run a pattern on a coupla blanks and glued them to the back.
The crowns have some elaborate looking carvings on them, White Oak cut piece by piece and glued together.
The legs are substancial, again White oak. As are a few of the structural componates.
Weather the veneer on it is the real deal or not ain’t hard to say, I mean it ‘looks’ like wood, even has seams as thow to was laid up book matched, but it looks toooo much like that, right down to little hair line checks like the finish had pulled a bit on the seams, all very crisp and symmetrical from one side to the other. Uh huh.
Don’t get me wrong, this thing is built like a tank, but an Abrams on the outside and T42 inside.
It’s a bitch to match up and look right, guess it’s just me as I have a hard time making anything that leaves my place look so cheezy. All of the ‘raised’ panels are high lighted in a dark, dark (almost black) red, so I’m having to dab (gel) feather, dab feather yada, yada. Then blend the whole thing with an air brush.
The head went well but the foot has been kicking my ass for a week now, think I might finally have it licked tomorrow. By now all I want is to get this monster the hell out of my way and move on to say…oh maybe retriming the Sistene Chaple in Osage Orange perhaps?

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