Bed #6: Hey look, it looks like a bed now

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Blog entry by tyskkvinna posted 05-18-2010 04:40 AM 1440 reads 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Slow but surely Part 6 of Bed series Part 7: Working with what you've got. »

Started off by sanding and finishing the other frame part. And then.. putting things together! O.o

Did the other side..

Like my support for that piece? Couple slabs of 8/4 maple on a milk crate. Hey, it worked. I had to fiddle with this a fair amount because I really had no idea what I was doing. Magically, it worked.

Also – the frame is FAR sturdier than I was anticipating. Awesomesauce. The brackets are really snug (snug enough that I had to re-screw a couple spots so that there would be adequate clearance for them to sit together) and after putting all four pieces together, I could not get it to wiggle much. Yay!

And now it’s pink.

The footboard corner. I’m super happy with it. I intentionally made them a bit pinker than everything else. In person, it almost makes it look like the long pieces are a different wood.

I kept some character to it. What can I say, I love character in wood.

So now…

I need to actually finish the side pieces and the frames. They’re just dyed/stained right now. We’ll see how my patience is working later this week and it will determine whether I go with something spray or shellac. I’d prefer shellac, but, yknow, patience. Sometimes it is a .

Then, I need to paint the insides of the endboards. I’m going to paint them rather than stain them, because I find them rather uninteresting. Not going to do something like black, because it will stick out a lot, but I have some primer grey I may use. Or… I don’t know. Maybe something in the clearance bin at Lowe’s will just totally call out to me.

Now, I have finally hit a point where I need to purchase wood for this project. (haha) I do not have any wood for the runners along the sides. I have opted to go with horizontal (short length) supports, rather than long length supports, because, well, I have the wood for it. I have enough leftover 2×6’s to do a lot. But they need something to sit on and I don’t have any 2×4. (Or should I use something smaller? 2×2?)

Considering how sturdy it is, I’m not concerned about the interior structure all that much. I have another package of brackets, which I may use to hold the centre beam in place. (Because I have it) This would keep it all knock-down which is good because I have to actually move this into my bedroom. When I post pictures of that, you’ll see why it needs to assemble this way.

-- Lis - Michigan - -

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#1 posted 05-18-2010 04:44 AM

It’s coming together nicely

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 05-18-2010 04:48 AM

glad this is coming together for you , lis .

it is always nice to get from dreaming to reality ,
and have it work !

pretty soon you can get back to dreaming in style (LOL) !

it looks nice ,
now bigger shop ,
bigger truck ,
more tools ,
more wood !

-- 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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#3 posted 05-18-2010 05:11 AM

Looking Good!!

Glad you kept the “character”. Too many times the story, the wood can tell, is lost in a quest for someones concept of “perfection”. To me, perfection is using the “story”.

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

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#4 posted 05-18-2010 05:43 AM

it’s nice to see that you celebrated the imperfection instead of trying to hide it
looks good…..........

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#5 posted 05-18-2010 07:29 AM

Looking good. You are doing a very nice job. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#6 posted 05-18-2010 02:29 PM

cant wait to see it finished…..well done.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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#7 posted 05-18-2010 03:41 PM

Character, yes. Its coming on well, Lis.


-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging.

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#8 posted 05-18-2010 11:09 PM

Great looking bed. Nice construction.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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