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Forum topic by Wannabe WoodWorkers posted 10-05-2015 10:11 AM 460 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-05-2015 10:11 AM

Short version: Will it look stupid if I have maple beams going into doug fir posts?

Background: I have ambrosia maple 2×4 (roughly) that I want to use for the beams and some 6×6 douglas fir posts that I want to use for legs. Customer (who does not know much about wood) has signed off on this, the fir was locally harvested from a place of interest and they like the maple. We’ve spent a lot of time going back and forth on the design, they’re one of my first customers so I want to make sure that they get what they want while at the same time sell some of my lumber. If it were me I would have thrown in some walnut accents to show off the joinery and transition b/w the two types of wood but three species is too many for the customer. I have this nagging feeling that I’m letting them make a bad decision by being limited to the wood I have in stock and that as the fir oranges over time it’s going to clash with the maple. Maybe I should bleach it or something to prevent it from oranging over time?

Bonus question: The doug fir 6×6 has some splits and cracks, not falling apart but they aren’t looking for the rustic look. Is there something cheaper than epoxy that I can use to fill that in with, and then just have a thin layer of black epoxy over the top for visual appeal (which I quite like)? Maybe sawdust and basic wood glue for the bulk of the filling

TIA, you guys are awesome :)

-- A Wannabe WoodWorker from

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#1 posted 10-05-2015 12:28 PM

I don’t build items for sale, so take this for what it is…

I think that you’re running a higher risk of the customer being less than 100% satisfied with the wood combinations, if they don’t know what woods they want, and they’re limited to what you have in stock. I think you should provide finished samples of the maple, fir, and a few other woods that you can source locally. Wood selection may effect final price, but that will be the customer’s decision.

Also, 6×6 seems enormous for bed legs. Like, very enormous. It doesn’t sound like, from your description, that you’re resawing them, hopefully you are. Have you done a mock up? I’ve only built one bed frame (twin sized), and had 2.25×2.25 maple legs. You’re going to need to consider how having so much space taken up by the legs is going to effect the fitment of the mattress and/or box spring into the frame.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#2 posted 10-05-2015 06:26 PM

Thanks! Good points all around, I’ll take some mock-up pics as there is something really bugging me, more on that later.

The project is a platform bed, the legs will go on the inside and large posts are pretty common for this kind of thing. Something like this:

I’m definitely going to pre-assemble w/ joinery before gluing or finishing anything, got that idea from your reply so you’re being a big help already, love to talk through this stuff :)

And yes we did a quick mock-up and showed them finished Doug Fir doors that are in my house so the color issue is probably out of my hands, I did everything to make sure they were ok with it because I’d like to get a good testimonial from them.

-- A Wannabe WoodWorker from

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