James' Bed

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Project by Armand posted 07-15-2010 03:18 AM 2315 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my project for my son and very first since joining LJ. The project is very basic using only handtools available in my small shop. First time to build such project without using nails and hammer. First time to do mortise and tenon and dowels. Dovetail was used to lock the aprons to the posts (a screw was added at the end to secure the lock, very stable and I hope it will last).

A lot of things learned on this first project but also realized how much power tools are needed to produce fast and quality projects.

pic #3 – mortise using only hand drill and chisels.

pic #4 – the clamping method using wedges in the absence of big clamps.

pic #5 – the finished headboard.

pic #6 – dry fitting in our room, my shop is too small to accomodate dry fitting.

Thanks for viewing.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#1 posted 07-15-2010 07:58 AM

You did a great job.

The bed looks good.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#2 posted 07-15-2010 10:20 AM

Good looking bed. Very nicely done and will built. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#3 posted 07-18-2010 01:18 AM

Well done, you have inspired me to try making a bed for my son. My excuse was always the lack of professional tools, but you’ve clearly done quality work without.

Great Job.

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#4 posted 07-19-2010 07:10 PM

James, Really nice bed. I would like to build a similar bed for my son as well. Can you tell me what type of wood you used and give me a rough of how many board feet?
Thank you,

-- FMG- Woodworking is 90% mental the other half is physical

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#5 posted 07-20-2010 02:19 AM

@FMG: since this is my first serious project and due to lack of precision tools, I hesitated to spend for real hardwoods. I used common lumber usually available in local hardware stores here in Philippines, it is called TANGUIlLE (don’t know the scientific name or US equivalent).

Board feet:

3” x 3” x 8’ – 1 pc = 6 bd ft
1” x 6” x 8’ – 4 pcs =16 bd ft
1” x 2” x 8’ – 9 pcs = 12 bd ft

Total: 34 bd ft

my Isuzu SUV can only accomodate 8 feet long woods and am already considering swapping it to second hand pick-up truck. :-)

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#6 posted 08-02-2010 04:58 AM

Nice job on the bed a great job of imporvising you do very well with the tools you have. ktf

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#7 posted 09-28-2010 03:14 PM

nice job Armand!! I like it!!

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#8 posted 09-28-2010 03:24 PM

Nice looking, bed.

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#9 posted 09-28-2010 03:50 PM

You did a good job and the bed looks fine. I’ll bet that you did learn a lot and that’s a good thing because that what it takes to become a craftsman. You will always learn more with every new thing that you do. Good work!!!

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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