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Project by bigpops0259 posted 12-30-2007 04:32 AM 5849 views 23 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well about six months ago I mentioned this project with the Armore posting. That was about the time I started the layout. Foot board was the first part of project. 2” Cherry stock for the post, 3/4” for the panels, the Cherry I use has a lot curly/flame pattern to it. Not real visible in the pictures. All the lighter wood is Curly maple, panel frames, rails, drawer fronts and trims. All the drawers are solid Cherry boxes with Curly Maple fronts. Blind Dovetail jointry. I also made night stands and a large chess dresser, I will post in a few days as soon as I complete the drawers in those units, they are in finale assembly in the shop. The finish is Minwax Cherry Stain on both Cherry and curly Maple, with about 6 coats Stain Clear laquer. This project was to be done for Christmas but I think it was worth the wait. Oh! the bed is a California King 72” x 84”.

-- Marty Ohio

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#1 posted 12-30-2007 05:06 AM

How did you make the curved portion of the footboard? The part that makes it a “sleigh” bed. I have someone interested in this style of bed but I haven’t been able to figure out how to bend the top of the footboard. Did you use scarf joints to bend the wood and then veneer it? Is it cut from a single piece of stock and then shaped by removing material? Please provide a little more detail.

BTW, it looks beautiful. Based on your other projects you have been doing this for a while. Do you happen to be a professional woodworker?

-- Owen Johnson - aka IowaWoodcrafter

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#2 posted 12-30-2007 05:14 AM

Wow Pops, you really do some great work. This is just beautiful. Great design and terrific craftsmanship as always. Thanks for sharing this with us.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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#3 posted 12-30-2007 05:22 AM

Great Job Pops. A beautiful bed. The grain structure looks great.

-- 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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#4 posted 12-30-2007 05:41 AM


-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#5 posted 12-30-2007 06:27 AM

That is a very nice bed.Always wanted to makea sleigh bed especially now.Good job!!!

-- Scott NM,

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#6 posted 12-30-2007 06:30 AM

Wow! I’ve never liked them…until now. My God Daughters father wants us to build one in the shop. This one is awesome! Thanks for posting this!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#8 posted 12-30-2007 06:59 AM

Beautiful, I’ve always loved the looks/lines of a sleigh bed.
Are all of the drawers under the bed functional?

-- Do or do not, there is no try!

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#9 posted 12-30-2007 07:04 AM

Great looking bed. That cherry really pops.

Geaux Tigers!!! Those Buckeyes are going to be tasty :-))

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#10 posted 12-30-2007 01:39 PM

Wow! Pops that is one beautiful bed you created, Such detail!
Projects like this is the reason I don’t let my wife visit this site.

-- Illegitimis nil carborundum - Don't let the bastards grind you down

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#11 posted 12-30-2007 02:48 PM

Oy Vay Pops. Appropriate name you have, cuz my eyes just “Popped” looking at this. SWMBO has a bed on her Honey-do list for me. If she sees this I am sunk. Did you design this as well or work from a plans source Pops? Magnificent work.


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#12 posted 12-30-2007 02:49 PM

Wow, awesome bed. I’ve always liked this style. Very classy.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#13 posted 12-30-2007 04:19 PM

Wow, My new Wife and were pleased with this project. It’s like Christmas again with your reaction to it. It’s a great feeling to to have your peers as pleased with your work as you are. Thank you all for your comments. I’m not the most computer literate person, so bear with me and I will try to answer your questions. This project was a build as I went project, no plans just big ideas. The foot and head curved rails: were three 3/4” pieces of stock glued and milled to 2 1/2” square, I rounded three corners, cut 1” out of the fourth corner opening the angle to 15 degrees on each side, the top piece of the 2 1/2 block and three pieces that made the curve were cut from the same stock so grain matched. I cut the three pieces for the curve 1 3/4” wide with 15 degree angles on each side, splined and glued them together to form an arch. Cut the back side curve relief at the table saw using a cove jig I made, went to the joiner and shaved down the glued outside corner of the arch to rough form and then sanded it round, then glued the two pieces together and sanded more. Yes, all the drawer are fulled functional. Sorry, some of you don’t share all the beautiful projects at LJ with your wife’s. All the comments from you, my peers makes me proud to be part of this site.I’m very happy to share and enjoy all the hard work and craftsman this site shows. So, Thank you all again for you comments.
Oh, I not by any means a professional woodworker, self taught with average skill and big dreams. Taught out of need, divorced left everything to my EX and started from scratch, When I started with furniture 12 years ago, I had just bought a fire damaged house with a 24’ x 32’ garage. I had tools and no furniture, so desire took over.

-- Marty Ohio

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#14 posted 12-30-2007 04:52 PM

Looks like a very fine bed you’ve made there Marty.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#15 posted 12-30-2007 04:57 PM

Beautiful work Marty!


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