Sawyer's Maple Bed and Sidetable Set

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Project by lobro4 posted 08-25-2009 05:11 AM 2029 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I started this project just as something to do. On the day I finished, I found out my Grandnephew needed a bed set so he is the lucky recipient. All construction is form Hard Maple. I learned a few things with this project. First, they call it hard rock maple for a reason. Even the sharpest tool takes a while to get through this wood (and sandpaper doesn’t last too long either.) Second is that you don’t stain maple. Sure I know that there are dyes and “anti-blotch” recipes out there but forget it. Maple is meant to be in its native color. I gave it a light coat of BLO and then had a local finisher cover it with lacquer. Smooth as glass folks! Third is that any screws get a generous pilot hole or you will be left holding to a screw head that had broken off the shank. As for the construction, the legs were cut from a solid beam that was supposed to become a mantel, except I got to it first (3”x3”.) The frame is all 1” and the panels are 1/4”. This was my second big project that use mortise-tenon joinery and frame and panel style construction. New techniques that I learned/used were plunge routing and cutting deep angles on edges using the table saw (finials and table top.) Delivery to the little man is set for tomorrow!

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#1 posted 08-25-2009 05:13 AM

very nice bed and side table well done


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#2 posted 08-25-2009 05:25 AM

Very nicely done!

I like the style and you’re right (IMHO), maple is meant to be clear finished! Personally, I like the look of a clear finish.

As you have apparently discovered, drywall screws don’t do well in hard maple. Whenever I use maple, I spend the extra cash and go with old fashioned wood screws. The shanks are thicker and less likely to shear off. You still have to predrill and usually have to use a flat tip screwdriver, but it’s all well worth the extra effort.


-- Dave; Lansing, Kansas

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#3 posted 08-25-2009 06:05 PM

please post a comment

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#4 posted 08-25-2009 09:29 PM

Very nicely done. I really like the clean, neat look the natural maple gives. Your construction looks fantastic as well. Was it your own design for the bed and night stand? Congratulations again on an excellent build. That Grandnephew is one lucky little fellow.

Ken McGinnis

-- woodbutcher north carolina

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#5 posted 08-25-2009 11:18 PM

As the grandpa of this grandnephew, I can assure you that he is lucky. Not only for the bed, but especially for the GREATuncle!

-- Deacon Tom--Talk to the wood, it won't argue!

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#6 posted 08-26-2009 05:31 AM

The design was based on the Classic Bed Plans from Did not follow the plans to the letter but had a good basis. The plans include measurements for any size bed which is a bonus.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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