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Blog entry by richgreer posted 02-18-2010 03:08 PM 1333 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I came up with a design for a new bed over a year ago. It will feature bubinga and maple. I’ve purchased the wood. The bubinga is absolutely beautiful. It’s time to start construction and I have cold feet. I’m having all sorts of second thoughts about the design and I have been searching and searching for ideas for a different design that will (hopefully) work with the wood I all ready own.

I could probably switch to a different wood and use the bubinga and maple for something else – but what? The bubinga consists of 2 6/4 boards that are 12” wide and 76” long. It would seem like a sin to resaw to make jewelry boxes. It would make a nice 3’ by 3’ table top with some left over but I already have a a table with a bubinga top.

Oh well – I’ll have to think this one through some more.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#1 posted 02-18-2010 04:30 PM

Your gut is trying to tell you something….. Go with it.

-- Walt, Ohio

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#2 posted 02-18-2010 05:08 PM

I always have design anxiety prior to beginning a project. That’s part of the fun of designing your own stuff versus following plans. Obviously, you’ll have to resolve your own design issues, but if it helps, after the piece is finished, all of those doubts fade. Then it’s time to start another project! I’m currently working on a wine-barrel wine rack. I made a design mistake, so that one will be for sale (or gifted), which will help me buy another wine barrel to make another one for us, where I’ll address the mistake. Whoever gets the first one will never perceive the flaw.

Have you thought of posting pics and getting feedback from fellow LS’s?

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#3 posted 02-18-2010 05:28 PM

You might want to build a prototype. A few 2×4’s and some heavy cardboard usually can cover the material needs. Maybe a quick shot of dark red paint where needed to get colors close. Then you can look at it in full scale, walk around it and adjust anything that doesn’t feel right.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 02-18-2010 05:49 PM

Thanks for the comments and suggestions. Regarding Steve’s suggestion of a prototype, I made a scale model of my intended design and when looking at that I started having reservations.

My original design was for a maple frame with bubinga as the main wood in the heardboard and footboard. I think I have a new idea I like a lot better. More important, my wife says she really likes it. It will be a shoji inspired bed with a bubinga frame and quilted maple panels.

My wife and I have traveled in Asia and we love Asian style furniture but, until now, we don’t have any in our home. In due time, I think we will have a totally Asian bedroom suite – starting with the bed.

I’ll post my progress on LJ.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#5 posted 02-18-2010 07:34 PM

Though I personally have never worked with bubinga I do know what it looks like. I certainly like the idea of using the two species that you’ve chosen. My suggestion is to follow your instincts and trust them as you “compose” this piece of furniture. As Krenov so aptly puts it, enjoy the discoveries that make in the process!

-- Build for the joy of it!

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#6 posted 02-18-2010 08:51 PM

I agree … going with your gut feeling. Mine has never disappointed me..

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#7 posted 02-18-2010 09:09 PM

Bubinga is a great accent wood and looks great on quite a range of projects. So if you have any cut-offs you might want to save them for that.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 02-18-2010 10:09 PM

Richgreer I have been agonizing over a design for my bedroom furniture for more than 3 years ( I have been busy with other projects in the mean time) I have finally started the bedside pedestals but I havent settled on a design for the bed. I did want a sleigh bed until I had the plans and decided I didn’t like it after all. I have something in mind and I will post it and get every one’s opinion. I have bought books, collected catalogues and searched the internet. Hopefully by the time I have completed the bedside pedestals I will know what I want for the bed. The other dale-ma I have, is what to do with my base. I dont think I want to put it on the platform with the mattress as Dave Durham mentioned that he did and the bed is very heavy.
If you aren’t 100% happy with your design rather keep looking. Making bedroom furniture is hard work.

-- When you know better you do better.

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#9 posted 02-19-2010 01:04 AM

I also have a nice, large, bubinga board and can’t bring myself to cutting it. When you come up with a solution to your dilemma let me know.

-- "Heaven is North of the Bridge"

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#10 posted 02-19-2010 01:14 AM

I have decided, primarily because my wife was so enthusiastic, to build a bed with a bubinga frame and quilted maple panels. If you go to the fine woodworker website and search “shoji” you will find a shoji inspired bed. That is, essentially, what I want to build (with a few modifications).

I’m going to have to start ripping my bubinga soon and I will cringe a little when I do it. On the other hand, I will be checking and double checking and triple checking to make sure everything is absolutely right before a saw blade touches my beloved bubinga.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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