Norm Abrams Pencil Post Bed

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Project by DustyMark posted 02-25-2013 05:00 PM 4923 views 6 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Completed July 1991.

Watch this video to view my master bedroom which seven pieces of furniture that I’ve built over the years.

This bed was a project in one of Norm Abram’s books. Being the ever-precise woodworker, I built it tight to my previous box spring. When I upgraded to a TempurPedic, the new box spring fits with a suction fit…oops! The method Norm used to cut these long tapers was ingenious as he used a long sled that rode over the fence of the table saw. 3/8” bed bolts and 8/4 side rails with tenons make this a very sturdy bed indeed.

I originally built the bed with a canopy frame and my late wife sewed a custom canopy to match a quilt she had made. We eventually wanted a more open style and I turned a set of finials. That is the style I like best.

The last photo is from 1994. My kids have grown a lot since then…

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#1 posted 02-25-2013 05:59 PM

great looking bed.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 02-25-2013 06:20 PM

I always like that bed. You did a very nice job with it. It looks perfect in your bedroom.

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#3 posted 02-25-2013 08:24 PM

What a nice job on this bed, great craftsmanship shows through here.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#4 posted 02-26-2013 12:17 AM

Thanks! It’s a classic style. The bed’s high enough to store a lot of things under the bed.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#5 posted 02-26-2013 01:56 AM

Nice looking, Bed.

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#6 posted 02-26-2013 03:31 AM

Great furniture
You are right, a little at a time does it.
I hope you have a 5000+ square foot house and never have to stop building.

-- Quicksilver

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#7 posted 02-26-2013 04:22 AM

I’m mixing in furniture projects for my kids at this point. I’m building my daughter a large cherry wardrobe for her wedding in May. This summer I’ll start building a new kitchen set and plan to give her my round ring extension table and six bow back chairs that I built in the mid-90’s.

-- Mark, Minnesota

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#8 posted 02-26-2013 02:02 PM

Very impressive!

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#9 posted 02-27-2013 05:38 PM

Outstanding piece of furniture! Like the classic design, great build and the choice of wood. Surely an heirloom piece. Kids are very lucky to have a great woodworker dad!

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