Tenley's Bed (With Gooseneck Moldings)

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Project by Thepps posted 11-29-2015 06:17 PM 1018 views 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bed I made for my daughter, Tenley, who is three years old. She is my princess, so of course, she deserves a princess bed. :)

My wife found a couple of pictures of beds she liked online, so I made this custom bed from variations of each picture.

It’s a queen size bed constructed of poplar and maple. Primed, painted white with airless sprayer, and a couple coats of water based poly sprayed with hvlp.

The bed (like most beds) is pretty straightforward. Headboard, footboard, rails, and a testor. Since the most difficult part would be the gooseneck moldings on the headboard and footboard, I started there first.

I first drew the curve in photoshop on my pc, printed out the pages, and taped them together.

I then followed the steps outlined in Fine Woodworking #227

I built (4) jigs with the same curve so I could use them for the router process

Built the (4) moldings out of poplar (for easy routing) and staggered the joints

Smoothed the inside edge by cutting with bandsaw and then cleaned up with flush trim:

Built jig from above article to perform the routering since none of the router bits have a bearing:

Removed most of the material with a straight bit and a lot of passes!

After running core box and roman ogee:

After running smaller core box, thumbnail bit, and roundover:

Footboard assembly without molding:

With molding:

Glueup (No nails!)

The posts were pretty simple but did require a few runs from my new tilting router lift that I built from Mathia’s plans (This guy is a genius!!)

Tilted roundover with sacrificial fence to create routed detail on posts:

Footboard assembly (dry fit)

Another tilted router table use for the rails:

Headboard assembly:

Dry fit: Everything is bolted together with tee nuts inserted into mortises and bolts running through the tenons in the rails. Everything is able to be disassembled for transport

Finial: The testor is assembled using mortise and tenon and the finial has an extended dowel rod protruding the bottom and locks the whole assemble together.

Headboard with all applied moldings:


Thanks for looking!

-- Thepps - Freeburg, IL

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#1 posted 11-30-2015 12:09 AM

Super all around, nice work. I especially like the molding, great job and great photos & explanation of the process.

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#2 posted 12-02-2015 04:28 PM

Wow this looks like a lot of difficult work.
Very well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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