Building a Cherry Queen Bed #5: Finished the Bed and Lessons Learned

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Blog entry by jonah posted 05-09-2017 12:18 AM 1849 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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I actually finished the bed last June/July, but forgot to take final pictures of it for a while, then forgot to write up the blog post capping off the project as well. Here’s the bed now (pardon the mess).

On the whole, I’m very happy with it. The sanding and finishing of the parts went fine. I masked off the joinery and finished the parts separately, which was great. I’d never done that before but I’m definitely doing that every time I have a project of any substantial size.

Trying to get finish on assembled pieces takes a lot longer and is much harder. Working on a flat, clean surface was way, way better. The real problem was that I ran out of flat surfaces in my workshop to put pieces on!

I had the workbench filled up, set up a folding full size table in the laundry area, and still had to put cardboard down on the table saw to use that as well. I was careful to cover the surface with two layers of cardboard and such.

I like the design of the headboard quite a bit. The walnut and cherry look great together.

The joinery on the headboard is good, but it squeaks a bit more than I’d like.

I like the minimalist footboard rail and post design. I’ve never liked beds with footboards that extend up past the mattress, so a design like this was a must.

I learned a ton from this project, and feel like I could avoid a few mistakes were I to do it again. I’m not sure if I’d change the design at all, but I’d definitely smooth out some of the mistakes I made along the way. All in all, a very successful project. I’m happy to hear feedback on the design choices.

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#1 posted 05-09-2017 03:06 AM

That’s a nice design, and I agree with you concerning the footboard rail.

A very lovely bed.

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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