Denise's Sleigh bed

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Project by lumberdustjohn posted 10-23-2009 04:39 PM 2723 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was a head scratcher, My brother and I made this a year ago for his wife.
Went to a furniture store to get ideas on a Sleighbed design.
I didn’t notice that the headboards were a curved shape and the panel was not. (I pay much closer attention to detail now.)
Well, we routed a curve into the head and foot board post to accept the panel.
1/4 inch panel over that area looked too cheap. 1/2 inch was too hard to bend in shape. So we glued up two 1/4 inch panels bent, glued and clamped into position. We would get one end in and the other would pop out. After much frustration it finally went together.
Top rails on the foot board were made from 2X8 oak. Ripped several cuts almost through it, wet it down overnight and then glued and clamped it to get the curve shape. It split a little but nothing that couldn’t be touched up.

This will stay a one of a kind..
Only blotchy Picture I could find of it.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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#1 posted 10-23-2009 04:43 PM

Cool Bed John

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#2 posted 10-23-2009 05:09 PM

Looks very well made.

Thanks for sharing with us.

-- Not my woodworking

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#3 posted 10-23-2009 05:57 PM

Nice looking bed, John.

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#4 posted 10-23-2009 08:40 PM

Looks good to me. Did you or your brother make the furniture also?

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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#5 posted 10-23-2009 09:08 PM

Looks good. I have a brother in law that wants a sleigh bed built. I am planning on using 1/8” baltic birch plywood as a core for the head/footboard panels and making my own 1/8” thick veneer to lay over the plywood, then bend it to shape. Hopefully it won’t crack on me.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#6 posted 10-23-2009 11:09 PM

Very nice sleigh bed. You did a good job.

-- Ed E. " Taking one board at a time "

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#7 posted 10-24-2009 01:23 AM

A great looking bed. Not noticing that the back was not curves caused some problems, Huh. I’ve got a magazine that has pictures of one made with Brazilian Rosewood for the wife of an Ambassador to Brazil. He made his curved, but he used slats like a roll top desk if I remember.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#8 posted 10-24-2009 03:40 AM


-- Matt Garcia Wannabe Period Furniture Maker, Houston TX

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#9 posted 10-24-2009 05:23 AM

John, nice job. I’ve wanted to make one of them one day. I love working with curves (maybe that’s because I can’t cut a straight line) lol.

-- John @

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#10 posted 10-25-2009 12:35 AM

Great looking bed John, You mean to say your not going to build one of those for each of your kids? :-)

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#11 posted 10-26-2009 01:54 PM

We built all of the furniture in this room. Couldn’t get the other pictures to load.
A big No is the answer if the kids want one like this.
Pick out something else.

-- Safety first because someone needs you.

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