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Project by tjackele posted 12-10-2010 01:53 AM 2771 views 9 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this bed for our home. It is king size and designed from a picture of one my wife liked. Maple for panels and Cherry for the frame.

Resawn 10/4 maple and all panels are from one board with bookmatch and sequential from footboard to headboard, although hard to notice.

The headboard is heavy, so I would probably use thinner wood next time. 8/4 would have been plenty, but I lacked confidence in resawing accuracy.

-- Tim Jackelen

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#1 posted 12-10-2010 02:00 AM

Change the title of your post.

Should read:

“Absolutely beautiful bed.”

Thanks ;-)

Nothing wrong with the proportions, incidentally. Maybe the thick stock was the right way to go, after all !

-- -- Neil

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#2 posted 12-10-2010 02:08 AM

Thanks Neil,
You are kind. My wife decided the footboard needed to be taller, so I have half a footboard available. She is a good help with proportions.

-- Tim Jackelen

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#3 posted 12-10-2010 02:48 AM

Very very beautiful. I think I am going to copy your design. I am a huge fan of the contrast of dark and light in wood working. Did you laminate the corner posts from two pieces or are they four sided? Any stain used or just a clear coat?

-- Karl

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#4 posted 12-10-2010 02:52 AM

Very nice bed indeed. You shouldn’t question your skill in resawing – if you build a bed this nice, I’m sure resawing is no challenge to you. Great job.

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#5 posted 12-10-2010 04:32 AM

To Karl:
I glued two 8/4 boards, but you could also save some wood with a hollow and mitered approach.

On the maple I used the Maloof stain/varnish first (before assembly) then shellac (3 coats) and gloss varnish (3 coats). For the cherry I did use Minwax Clear stain and then the shellac and varnish like for the maple, but not the Maloof stain/varnish.

I did sand to 400 though and still plan to rub out the finish.

-- Tim Jackelen

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#6 posted 12-10-2010 05:20 AM

nice wood combo. this is very well done!

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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#7 posted 12-10-2010 05:07 PM

Beautiful bed. I like the design, I was thinking of amking something similar for my son next summer. He will be 2 and a hlf years old and will be out of his crib by then. Of course I was thinking a double bed but similar style headboard and foot board.

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

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#8 posted 12-25-2010 04:23 PM

Great looking bed. I think I’m going to make one like it. Did you mortise and tenon everything to the posts? If so, how deep are your mortises? Awesome job!

-- Mike, Shawano, WI, Wood... Therapy for the masses.

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#9 posted 12-25-2010 09:39 PM

I did mortise and tenons. Both horizontal rails had a 3/4 in thick by 1” deep tenon. I think they were 2 1/2” wide. On the vertical board, I made two tenons (a split tenon I guess) about 4” wide each and the rest of the dimensions the same. This is a king size bed, so you may skip the vertical piece altogether if you wanted and rout a 1/4 inch or so slot for the raise panel and just don’t glue it a lot. I needed the vertical piece to get the width I needed and keep the panels at about 23 1/2” wide. I think it was 82” wide altogether. the verticals were all 3 1/2” including the posts.

I hope it helps. Merry Christmas to everyone.

-- Tim Jackelen

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