FINALLY the Mission spindle bed is completed

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Project by ChrisMc45 posted 08-24-2018 01:18 PM 1436 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over a year from the first bed post, this is the largest project I have done. The design came from Jeff Miller’s excellent treatise in 1999 “beds”.
All white oak from the tree in David Beaty’s front yard, super big thanks to Dave and all the hoisting from Tarheel Supply. The rails and other long boards challenged my little 6-inch jointer (thank you Leake’s Antiques for special help!) and there were plenty of errors on the way. My ever-patient bride is happy with the end result so all is well. I chose to vary the crazy different grains in the spindles to be as random as possible. Some with ray-tracing, some with spalting, some plain as could be.
Finished with Minwax Ipswich Pine, 5-8 coats of tung oil ala Michael Pekovich from FWW #218, and lots of paste wax worked with a buffing wheel in a drill.

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#1 posted 08-24-2018 01:49 PM

Very nice! Im sure all of those spindles were very tedious.

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#2 posted 08-24-2018 02:30 PM

Well done Chris. Excellent job. I just finished my bed recently. I found bed building to be a very satisfying project. I’m with you on the mission style.

-- Mark

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#3 posted 08-24-2018 03:43 PM

Ray tracing? Are these photos or a rendering? I knew it looked too good to be true ;) I think you’re looking for ray flake or ray fleck. Looks fantastic, well worth the effort. Love the story too. Nice work.

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#4 posted 08-24-2018 09:31 PM

great lookin bed

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#5 posted 08-24-2018 11:22 PM

Looks like a nice looking bed.

Thanks for posting, and Congrats on your 3.

Just gonna throw this out there, it might be real helpful. They have these things called Mattresses, and you lay them on all those supports you sat on the frame. They make sleeping on a wooden bed quite a bit easier on the bones. :-)

-- Think safe, be safe

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#6 posted 08-25-2018 01:35 AM

Chris , nice job and congratulations on your ‘Daily Top 3’ award.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#7 posted 08-25-2018 02:06 AM

my hats off to you on the finish of such a great bed you should be proud a great quality build that could be passed down for your future generations and congratulations on your upcoming wedding n if you get a chance check out my work

-- eric underwood

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#8 posted 08-25-2018 04:59 AM


-- Jeff,Tucson,Az.

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#9 posted 08-25-2018 12:54 PM


What knock down hardware did you use, if any?

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#10 posted 08-25-2018 01:15 PM

you made a beautiful bed …. GREAT JOB :<)) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#11 posted 11-24-2018 01:51 AM

That is one beautiful bed. Very nice work.

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. (They hate it when you do that).

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#12 posted 11-24-2019 08:14 PM

I was not keeping up with comments, my bad. JimYoung, I used bed-bolts for knock-down hardware. Headboard and footboard are mortice-tenon assemblies, the bolts pass through the posts into the side rails. The bolt covers were Lee Valley, the bolts were standard big-box-store hex bolts.

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