African Mahogany and Pomelle Sapele Bed

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Project by Rickterscale posted 02-10-2012 06:42 PM 5637 views 13 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Like any vigorous red blooded JumberJock, when my wife tells me she wants me to spice things up in bed, I head straight for the workshop.

This is the final piece of the bedroom set I’ve been posting. (Sorry for the small pics – the originals were in lost to the dirtbag thief who stole my laptop). It is made up of 5/4 African mahogany (and either 10/4 or 12/4 legs) with veneered panels of pomelle sapele. Plans come from Popular Mechanics’ 100th Anniversary series published a number of years ago. I modified the size (Cal. King) and spacing and size of the rails, stiles ad veneered panels. I also made the headboard taller so you can see the veneered panels when my wife’s pillows are piled up there. This was my first attempt at veneering, and it came out pretty well with no problems. All mortise and tenon joinery, with the exception of the hardware for attaching the bed support to the legs. I used slats of poplar so there is no box spring.

Finish is 5 or 6 coats Waterlox Original.

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#1 posted 02-10-2012 07:31 PM

awesome looking work bench….i’m sure the wife will be very happy with that…..well done….nothing like the workshop to spark romance i reckon!!!

-- just get stuck in and have a go!!!

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#2 posted 02-10-2012 07:52 PM

You have done a tremendous job. It is beautiful. You (and your wife) should be proud!

-- Bobthebuilderinmichigan

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#3 posted 02-10-2012 08:16 PM

Ayup. This is “just” another one of those “Hmmmm. I love EVERYTHING about it” projects.

I mean … it’s beautiful.

I’m lining up the 2nd in my bedroom series of Af. Mahog projects, and …. this here … could be #3. It’s that nice !

In theory … at this point … the bed should NOT be your primary focus … in bed. You’re welcome =)

-- -- Neil

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#4 posted 02-10-2012 10:01 PM


-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 02-11-2012 02:53 AM

Looks really good. I’ll save it for my “to build someday” collection.

-- Create something everyday.

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#6 posted 02-11-2012 02:57 AM

Frig, that is beautiful! so is it true that Af Mahogny is as tuff to work with as everyone says?

-- Michael and Matthew

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#7 posted 02-11-2012 03:01 AM

Beautiful bed!

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#8 posted 02-11-2012 03:16 AM

MikeTheNewf – It can definitely be squirrelly, with a lot of changes in grain direction. It can also move around quite a bit. With the boards for this bed, I had to joint them 3 times each because the kept moving again after getting a nice straight edge on them. But it depends on the piece; some boards are really easy to work. Fortunately there hasn’t been any movement since I built this, and it’s been around 3 years.

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#9 posted 02-11-2012 04:15 AM

Great Lookin Bed

-- Jim, Kentucky

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#10 posted 02-11-2012 11:59 PM

Certainly came out beautiful!

-- Michael and Matthew

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