The Never Ending Bedroom Furniture Project

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Blog series by Muzhik updated 12-18-2007 05:29 PM 5 parts 17071 reads 12 comments total

Part 1: The Idea is Born

09-29-2007 08:36 AM by Muzhik | 3 comments »

Welcome to my first ever blog. As this develops, please let me know how I could make it better or more interesting. I can be wordy at times, so let me know if you don’t want to read as much about such a mundane subject as building a bed. Part 1: The Idea is Born The first part of my process for building any furniture for my own home is by far the longest. I have had designs floating around in my head for five years on this bed – just refining them here and there – once in awhi...

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Part 2: Design Evolution

09-29-2007 09:38 AM by Muzhik | 3 comments »

These first few entries are going to come along quickly since I’m already halfway through building the bed. Is it proper blog etiquette to blog “after the fact?” Part 2: Design Evolution As the years passed and I got closer to the actual build, I was constantly reevaluating the design in my head and talking to my wife once in awhile about my thoughts. She is the best kind of customer in that she gives me a fair amount of freedom with my designs. If I ever go into business as a woodw...

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Part 3: The Toils of Living in Germany

09-29-2007 11:21 AM by Muzhik | 3 comments »

Part 3: Build your own furniture and save money – pause – NOT! Am I the only one that convinced myself building my own furniture would save money? Maybe I knew all along that isn’t exactly true, but it helps convince the wife that it’s a good idea. Who’s with me? We all know from experience that this isn’t a cheap hobby. I usually spend more on wood alone – not to mention new tools – than it would cost to buy whatever I’m building. In the end, it’s about the...

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Part 4: The Wood Butchering Begins

10-07-2007 02:49 PM by Muzhik | 0 comments »

With all of that koa and etimoe veneer in my shop, I was eager to get started. There was one problem. I built my vacuum press from Joe Woodworker’s Directions while I was still living in the states. I had hoped I would be able to run it on a transformer. The only problem with that is that the electricity here isn’t only different in voltage, but in frequency as well (cycles per second or Hertz (Hz) is the second number in 110/60). I spoke with Joe to ask him if I would have any luck runn...

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Part 5: Thru Mortise and Tenons?

12-18-2007 05:29 PM by Muzhik | 3 comments »

Now that I’ve completed the bed, I can go back and complete this blog. Instead of going step-by-step over how to make mortise and tenon jointery and things of that nature, I’m only going to cover the parts of this bed that are unique or that I found challenging to build. One big problem with our old bed is that it was rickety. The side rails were joined to the headboard and footboard with simple knock-down hardware, and I’m convinced this was the main reason for the bed being flimsy. I ...

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