Ash Bed

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Project by poppatom posted 06-08-2010 11:27 AM 1793 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this a few years ago for my son. It’s constructed from ash, using mortise and tenons to a join the head and foot boards to the legs. This was also my first attempt at turning some bun feet for this project.
To a join the side boards to the legs I used a mortise and tenon joint along with a bed bolt system that I got from Rockler. The end result was a very sturdy bed.
For the curve on the headboard I used two pieces of ash planed down to 1/2” thickness and drawn down with clamps and screwed into place with the edges rounded to hide where the two boards meet.
All the scroll work on this project was purchased.

-- Tom L. Williams ~ The difference between a man and a boy is the price of his toys.

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#1 posted 06-08-2010 03:02 PM

Nice gift for the son. I really like the shape and the finish. There is a sawyer not too far from me that has Ash really cheap due to the beetle infestation. A couple hundred board feet is on my purchase list.

Thanks for posting,


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#2 posted 06-08-2010 04:59 PM

A super job on the bed Tom


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#3 posted 06-08-2010 05:04 PM

Nice bed, Tom.

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#4 posted 06-09-2010 12:12 AM

A very attractive bed, with a warm color to the finish. Nice job; I hope your son likes it.


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#5 posted 06-09-2010 12:47 AM

Good build and nice finish.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#6 posted 06-09-2010 11:58 AM

Thanks one and all for taking the time to view and for your comments. I built this bed several years ago and so far it’s still as sturdy as the day it was finished.
When using ash with a beetle infestation and you are going to use a stain beware the beetle runs in the wood it will stain darker that the rest of the wood, something I found out the hard way.
Also when using ash one can over sand it causing the darker veins in the wood to be slightly higher than the lighter sections of the wood. All and all ash is still a good wood to build with my reason for using so much of it due to it’s strength without the weight of your oaks.

-- Tom L. Williams ~ The difference between a man and a boy is the price of his toys.

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