Cherry Slatted beds

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Project by Brent Livingwell posted 08-09-2012 01:43 PM 2575 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

3 More solid cherry beds for the local furniture store. I guess i am the bed guy as I have now made over 15 in the past years. Solid wood is a pleasure to work. Tons of cherry to bring back from the yard to make all these but who could ask for more. And I have enlisted the children for a true family affair. These pictures do not include the necessary slat system, each get between 5 and 15 slats depending on the style of mattress.
Photos never seem to bring out the warmth or beauty of the wood….does anyone have any suggestions to improve the photography?
Happy building everybody.

-- Things of the greatest worth are from the Earth. If you tell yourself that something is "close enough" it is it again.

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#1 posted 08-09-2012 01:48 PM

Those look great, Brent! I bet they won’t take long to sell.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#2 posted 08-09-2012 02:23 PM

These are very nice beds. Did you do your own design?

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#3 posted 08-09-2012 03:51 PM

I really like these beds Brent. You’re true to `als ik kan’

-- Gary, Florida

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#4 posted 08-09-2012 03:56 PM

Beautiful beds and a beautiful family!

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#5 posted 08-09-2012 04:08 PM

Very nice. What hardware do you use to conect the posts to the side rails?
I have seen a few styles, and have intended to build a similar bed, but am still trying to find a solid connector to reduce “racking” if possible.


-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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#6 posted 08-09-2012 08:25 PM

The beds look great! I’ve found that adding slats that run cross-wise under the box spring provide better support (add a post under the middle cross-slat for more support). Especially on king and queen beds.

As for the photography, see if you can change the white balance of the shots to a warmer tonality. Your warms are getting washed out by the blues and greens of the outdoors (typical of a daylight white balance). I’d say how to change the WB, but it varies from camera to camera, and I think some the models targeted towards the casual consumer don’t even have the option to adjust it.

Photoshop can do it too, if you have it.


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#7 posted 08-09-2012 09:16 PM

Your best bet is to: shoot in RAW format, and adjust the white balance once you transfer it to the computer. Picasa (free) or iPhoto (Mac) are good choices. If you shoot only in JPEG your options are much more limited because all of the color and intensity data and white balance data from the sensor are irreversibly merged together. In RAW mode they remain separate… Shooting in RAW is a bit of a pain (bigger files, need to convert to JPEG for output) but it’s by far the most dramatic improvement to your photography you can make.

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#8 posted 08-10-2012 02:50 PM

Very nice, great design!!

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#9 posted 08-29-2012 01:49 AM

Those are beautiful.

Could I ask for a favor?

I’d like to see how the slats are kept apart, i.e. could you photograph what is “between” the slats in either the top or the bottom of a headboard or a footboard?


-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! SteveW

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