Tornado Bed

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Blog series by jeffbranch updated 01-23-2012 12:02 PM 4 parts 9271 reads 6 comments total

Part 1: Getting Caught Up

07-10-2011 01:42 AM by jeffbranch | 1 comment »

I live near Birmingham, Alabama and on April 27th we had a historic severe weather event. An amazing number of tornados struck a wide variety of communities across East Mississippi, North Alabama and NW Georgia. Some were EF4 and EF5 in strength and the devistation was not to be believed. As the relief effort got underway, I contemplated how I could help. While the community I live in escaped serious damage, this day was life changing for several of my friends. When something like this hap...

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Part 2: Constructing the headboard

09-02-2011 04:03 AM by jeffbranch | 2 comments »

In my last post, I had completed the construction of what I am calling the Tornado Bed. This bed will be donated to a needy family as a result of the massive tornado outbreak that occurred in northern Alabama on April 27th. With the foot board completed, it was time to move to the more complex head board. Since my projects are typically the sloooowww moving variety, the bed is designed to be simple, but to have a few visually interesting features. One of which is the head board panel. He...

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Part 3: Side rails and hardware

10-23-2011 05:36 PM by jeffbranch | 0 comments »

With the head board and foot board mostly completed, it was time to move on to the side rails. All of the rails in this project are comprised of two 1x select pine boards glued together to form a finished thickness of 1.5 inches. The queen size bed we own has slender rails and I thought doubling up the thickness looked better… The pine boards glued together, cut to length with the addition of an oak cleat along the bottom of each side rail. This is creative woodworking at its best...

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Part 4: Finials

01-23-2012 12:02 PM by jeffbranch | 3 comments »

In my last post, I had the basic form of the bed completed; time now to move to some of the fun work – making the finials and doing final sanding/finish work. I make this little base for the finials to rest on. I add glue to the four little triangles and tape them together and set aside to dry. I form blocks of wood… Make a jig for my table saw which helps me knock the corners off the blocks. I make extras and select the four best finials. Using a forst...

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