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Lee Barker

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#1 posted 12-24-2011 06:33 PM

Quote from ShaneA:

Dimensional lumber would work as well. However I rarely choose it because after I look at the needed bf, and compare costs and how many hours I think I will have in the project, I always go with the hardwood. If i am going to take the time and effort to build something, I want to enjoy it and be proud of it. In the end saving $50 or so on a project that is made of 2×4s or a wood i enjoy less (red oak) vs one made of maple doesnt seem like savings in the end. It seems like settling, and for a small cost savings I just dont think its worth it. Its my time or your time that is really the value or the cost, if you will.

This leads us a little sideways to design issues but bear with me: There will be times when dimensional lumber is the right stuff, but those times are diminishing to zero as you become more accomplished in your craft. If you are going to use dimensional, I’d suggest you go to great pains to make them non-dimensional dimensions. In other words, disguise their origins by going to 1 1/4 or 1 1/8 thick, use widths of 4 or 6 1/4. Plane them and glue them up and plane them again, using balanced knots as design features. Read linjay’s discovery linked in the post above.

One other comment about beds in general (pretty much excluding bunks though): Their principal design features are, when they’re done, the head/footboards and the quilt (or bedspread). This is to point you to where the bulk of your design efforts should go.



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