King Size Mission Style Bed #1: Nearing completion

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Blog entry by IowaWoodcrafter posted 05-03-2008 06:06 AM 4607 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I should have started taking pictures earlier in the process of building this bed. This is a king size mission style bed I am building for the wife and I. As you can see it is nearly complete. I sprayed the second of three coats of water based polyurethane today.

Tomorrow I will lightly sand everything and spray the final coat. I have not sprayed the top surface of the headboard and footboard top railing so I can glue them on without marring the finish. I will glue up the bed tomorrow and spray the top surface.

My wife has made a beautiful old style quitle to go with the bed. Once everything is assembled I’ll post more pictures of the bed, quilt and nightstands, (which I built about a year ago).

About a 100 or so spindles. What a pain to sand, stain and finish.

Most of the footboard and one of the side rails.

Most of the headboard, the bend in the leg is an optical effect, it’s perfectly straight

There’s some wild grain in this Quartersawn White Oak

More grain shots from the headboard

The grain from the footboard top rail

The grain from the footboard and headboard top rails, from the other end.

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#1 posted 05-03-2008 06:08 AM

That is some great looking wood. Like like a great bed.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#2 posted 05-03-2008 06:28 AM

Great wood and a classic design! How did you get the tiger stripes to pop so well?

-- Nils Davis, Menlo Park, CA

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Tim Pursell

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#3 posted 05-03-2008 12:24 PM

All those spindles ARE a pain, but OH so beautiful when the bed is done. Nice work, can’t wait to see it done.


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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 05-03-2008 01:57 PM


This is looking really good so far. I am a fan of mission style furniture and agree that the spindles do make this a tedious build. Great job on the QSWO too by the way.

This is an interesting project. I will enjoy seeing the finished piece (as I am sure both you and your wife will be as well).

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 05-03-2008 02:48 PM

Wow ! The wood really pops. Looks great. I know you’ll love the finish bed.

-- JJohn

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#6 posted 05-03-2008 03:26 PM

Nice one! I really like QS White Oak. The ray flake is fantastic in tose peices.

-- Scott - Chico California

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#7 posted 05-03-2008 05:14 PM

Nice finish work. That is going to be a beautiful bed. Nice QS oak.


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#8 posted 05-03-2008 08:55 PM

Great looking bed so far. I will be interseted in seeing the final product.

God bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 05-04-2008 06:29 PM

I love the seeing the “production” in the shop! That is going to be a fantastic looking piece.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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