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Bed #8: I can sit on it!

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Blog entry by tyskkvinna posted 1525 days ago 1145 reads 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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ta-da.

It is not actually done – there are supposed to be wings on either side. However I am moving on Sunday, and I’d like to actually have a place to sleep on in the new house, so I wanted the bed functional. If necessary I can make the wings there.

I painted the backs – yellow! Wee! It matches my bedding. I’ll be sure to post a photo of it Sunday or Monday after I get it assembled and dressed up pretty.

(This is my daily photo, but it features my bed, so hey.)

You can kind of see it underneath – I have 2×6’s holding the OSB up. There’s four. Tomorrow I’m going to cut some rabbits in them so that the OSB sits a little bit lower than it does presently – maybe inch at most. I do want it a platform style bed, but I don’t want the mattress to fall off, either.

We decided that it was unnecessary to have another long bar going down the centre – this thing is sturdy. What I am going to do, however, is screw in the short bars once the bed is in my bedroom. That will ensure it stays square, although it appears to be very stable in all axis despite my best efforts to break it earlier today.

Also, I used spray shellac today! WEE. I love it and may never use brush-on shellac again. And after this project (my first real experience with shellac), I may never use poly again. Love it.

My bed, it is very shiny.

(Unlike a lot of you here, I have noticed, I prefer the finish on my wood items to be very glossy and almost plastic, as a rule. I kind of hate it when I rub my hands over the wood and feel the texture – I’d prefer to just see it.)

Oh btw… this is the first piece of furniture I’ve ever made. It’s also the first thing of any particular structural value whatsoever I’ve made and certainly the first item I’ve designed and then assembled.

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



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 1525 days ago

This will be a piece you’ll always remember the first furniture you ever made

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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patron

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#2 posted 1525 days ago

congratulations !

first furniture ,
new move .
what joy .

now you face the challenge of all bed builders ,

getting out of it ,
and working !

-- 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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Kristoffer

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#3 posted 1525 days ago

Very nice! I can’t wait to see it all dressed up.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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dmoney

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#4 posted 1525 days ago

congrats, I bet you are excited to sleep on it for the first time!

-- Derek, Iowa

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Stevinmarin

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#5 posted 1525 days ago

Nice job. It has been really interesting to follow this project. I’m with you on nice shiny surfaces. It’s like running your hand over a freshly washed and waxed car. It just feels right.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers. http://www.WoodworkingForMereMortals.com

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RichardH

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#6 posted 1525 days ago

Congrats on the project. I kind of want my car to feel like a car and the wood to er…you know…be woodish.
Seriously though, pretty amazing and ambitious for your first piece of furniture – well done!

Cheers, Richard

-- "It's supposed to be hard. If it wasn't hard, everyone would do it...It's the hard that makes it great."

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PurpLev

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#7 posted 1525 days ago

looks fantastic. as easy as working with shellac may be – it can’t really replace poly when it comes to protection and durability. however if you’re into spraying, then lacquer can certainly fill in that gap.

looking forward to the next photoshoot.

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

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Jimthecarver

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#8 posted 1525 days ago

Very nice, a bed to be very proud of.

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

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Dennisgrosen

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#9 posted 1525 days ago

congrat´s with your first furniture
but are you sure you will be able to build anything from now
it seems to be one of those it´s toooo relaxing to stay in forever…LOL

a little advice if you will prevent moistre building up in the mattres
you have to make a bunch of holes in that plywood the mattres need to breath

Dennis

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#10 posted 1525 days ago

Lookin Good!! Do you mean you sprayed shellac or used a spray can?

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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BritBoxmaker

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#11 posted 1525 days ago

Looking good, Lis. Its fun experimenting with new thing, like finishes. You seem to have a knack for it.

Wishing you many relaxing nights

Martyn

-- Martyn -- Boxologist, Pattern Juggler and Candyman of the visually challenging. http://www.theartofboxes.com

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lew

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#12 posted 1524 days ago

Sweet Looking Bed!!!

So glad to know you follow your heart when it comes to finishes.

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

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billthekatt

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#13 posted 1524 days ago

great looking bed..nothing like using something that u have made..

-- larry

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NormG

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#14 posted 1522 days ago

Simple but spectacular. I hope the mattress is equal to the bed frame.

-- Norman

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