Solid Hardwood Hickory bed for my daughter.

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Project by BigD1 posted 01-11-2012 05:55 AM 3429 views 11 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the long awaited bed I built for my daughter. The first bed I’ve ever built. Total weight is 230 lbs. not counting the boxes to support the mattress or the mattress itself, which is 19 inches high. . It was a joy to build and a real learning process. The head board is 116 lbs. The foot board is 64 lbs. and each rail is 25 lbs. All panels are tongue and grooved and made out of 4/4 lumber. The bed measures 63 inches wide, 74 inches long, and stands 64 inches tall at the head board. The rails are 9 7/8” wide, 1 5/8” thick. . The posts are 4 1/2 ” X 3 1/2” as a glue up. The arches on head and foot board are 1 3/4” thick, as are the horizonal pieces. The finish is Watco Danish Oil. Thanks for looking. BIGD1

-- Donald Baty

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#1 posted 01-11-2012 06:40 AM

Great looking bed & Hickory is a favorite of mine, guess because we had hickory trees on the farm. One day your girl will hand it down to her kids.

-- Good, Better, Best--Never let it rest---Always make your Good be Better & your Better Best

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#2 posted 01-11-2012 07:19 AM

Nice work. This bed will definitely become a family heirloom. I hope you signed and dated it somewhere.

-- JohnnyB - - Sometimes determination can substitute for skill.

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#3 posted 01-11-2012 07:23 AM

Looks like a bed made for a queen , great job.


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#4 posted 01-11-2012 12:29 PM

What a great looking bed, Im sure she loves it.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 01-11-2012 12:39 PM

That is sooo nice. Yes hardwood is heavy and nice. and lasts and lasts. Sweet project.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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#6 posted 01-11-2012 01:14 PM

Great looking bed. I’m going to have to get some hickory! Thanks for sharing.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#7 posted 01-11-2012 01:52 PM

Nice curves ,I like hickory, hard to work with, you did great .

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#8 posted 01-11-2012 02:09 PM

I bet that one is solid as hickory! Great job. I love the play of colors of the sapwood and heartwood. You won’t find something like this at the furniture store!

-- Danny Located in Perry, GA. Forester. Wood-Mizer LT40HD35 Sawmill. Nyle L53 Dehumidification Kiln.

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#9 posted 01-11-2012 03:23 PM

Very nice looking bed, The hickory looks great. Awesome Build Donald

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#10 posted 01-11-2012 04:22 PM

Beautiful!! Great design and craftsmanship. Love hickory.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#12 posted 01-11-2012 06:22 PM

Greetings from the socialist capital of America – California.
Why do you think they call it the ’left coast’?

Great project. I have heard that Hickory is very hard to machine. Is that true?

Moreno Valley’s local has-been.
Servant of the Living God.

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#13 posted 01-11-2012 06:36 PM

To machine hickory has it’s challenge, but not like hard maple. It really is not bad at all. I enjoyed working with it. Give it a try.

-- Donald Baty

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#14 posted 01-11-2012 08:07 PM

looks great!
i can’t imagine lugging and tugging you did to build this

-- may not always be right,but,never in doubt.

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#15 posted 01-11-2012 08:22 PM

very nice! we are in the process of trimming out our house in hickory—any advice on working with it? it’s very hard and dense, and of course, tools must be sharp, but any other nuggets?

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