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Bed #5: Slow but surely

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Blog entry by tyskkvinna posted 1534 days ago 1032 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ultimately I went with my intention of doing the dark walnut dye and then the pink stain on top.

It looked like this. I’m content with that.

In this image you can also see my helper, that’s Omni who is constantly conflicted between her desire to hang out with Mommy and to not be near the power tools.

Up close.

I’ve realised after I finished it and was working on the other one, that the screws I was using weren’t really grabbing into the back wood that much. I used glue, but I’m also a little paranoid. I may knock in a couple of the 2.5” screws and then cover them up again. We’ll see.

And the footboard is now assembled as well. This took more time than it should have. I had a piece that I really liked for the top, but inadvertently put it in upside down.. and THEN realised that it was too warped/twisted to be useful. Had some fierce mental debate about it and what aesthetic I wanted—it looked fine, very rustic. I’m aiming for something far more geometrical. So that was that.

By the time I was done yesterday, it wasn’t dry yet. Not sure if I will have time today or not. I’m leaving today till Sunday, so it is likely that the next chance I will get to tackle this project will be Monday.

However, the next few steps should go pretty rapidly. After dye/stain on the footboard I need to finish the frames (shellac, should go quick) and then it’s time for the side braces. I fiddled around with the brackets last night and think I have a decent idea of how they need to be aligned. I will be using 2×6’s for the side braces, because it’s what I have in abundance.

I think I’m going to switch up the construction part a bit and use braces that go the short way rather than the long way. And then use sheet stock on top of it to hold the mattress. It will have to be assembled in-situ either way, but I’m thinking of still doing the rail on the 2×6 and then the planks on that. Will leave appropriate room so that if necessary I can screw them in but I’d like to avoid it. We’ll see.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt



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lew

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#1 posted 1533 days ago

Been following along with your blog. I like the rustic/primitive look you have achieved. I think I would stay away from sheet rock, however. I think it will breakdown over time and present an unwanted dirt/dust component. Plywood might make a more acceptable substrate or even just spaced planks- as you mentioned.

Omni is a sweet looking puppy!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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tyskkvinna

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#2 posted 1533 days ago

Sorry didn’t mean sheet rock – “sheet stock” as in plywood or osb. I have lots of sheet materials lying around.

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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woodsmithshop

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#3 posted 1530 days ago

I noticed in the first picture that you seem to have a major problem, you either have way too much floor space or you don’t have enough tools. lol, nice big shop.

-- Smitty!!!

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tyskkvinna

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#4 posted 1530 days ago

LOL.

That is my workspace – it is not all my shop space, I have carved out a little corner next to the sheet router. :)

(Though it’s all getting packed up right now anyway; I’m racing against moving date to finish this project)

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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woodsmithshop

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#5 posted 1530 days ago

I would hate to move now, I don’t know how I would pack it all up, I have sooo much more stuff now than when we moved here.

-- Smitty!!!

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patron

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#6 posted 1530 days ago

this project is coming along nicely ,
you seem to know your way around finishes ,
something i envy you .
i looked at your site ,
nice work there .
so will you have a better space to work in after the move ?
i hope so , with your talent , working should be fluid .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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tyskkvinna

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#7 posted 1530 days ago

thanks! Finishing is the easy part for me – I have a background in painting. I have found that even my apprenticeship in calligraphy has helped me extensively with understanding how to finish wood – haha. (Lots of things about porosity and sizing)

Yeah I should have a much better space after the move.. but it’s going to take a few months to get there. I’m really looking forward to it, though! Better workflow, bigger space, some fancy new tools. (OK, I understand that I already have fancy tools. But seriously – you can never have enough, right?)

In the meantime I’m going to be putting my efforts towards to doing some of the more fundamental things so that when I have everything up and running I’ll get a running start. I’m still quite a novice at this whole thing… this bed is the first real project I’ve ever built. :o (Are we going to count my dollhouses? Because I don’t, really. They’re small and don’t have any particular structural requirements)

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 1530 days ago

Good progress

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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patron

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#9 posted 1530 days ago

lis ,
thanks for responding ,
i think that just about everything we do adds to who and what we progressively make .
i scour all the trades and the arts ,
for tools and techniques .
our work doesn’t have to be based solely on the tools we are allotted by tradition .
expand , grow , it’s the natural path !
looking forward to the posting of this ,
and any new work you do .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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tyskkvinna

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#10 posted 1530 days ago

I certainly agree!

And not just because my first actual woodworking tool was a CNC mill, lol. :)

-- Lis - Michigan - http://www.missmooseart.com - https://www.etsy.com/people/lisbokt

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PurpLev

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#11 posted 1530 days ago

looks really good. and that’s quite a work space you’ve got there :)

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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patron

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#12 posted 1530 days ago

well you sure started from the sought for end of things ,
i can see why you want to learn the basics (LOL) !

i bet you will learn swiftly , and well .

you came to the right place ,
there is more woodworking knowledge and skill here ,
than you would find in 50 years out on the street .
ask away , we are here to help .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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