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Someone came to me with a picture of a bed that they wanted. I determined that the bed pictured was actually made with 1x material and made into box beams to resemble large timbers. She wanted the big timbers, so I got four 4×12 yellow pine rough sawn, kiln dried timbers and made the bed with these plus some other yellow pine I had. The footboard is 83" long, 19" tall and 3 1/2" thick. The rails are 80" long, 3 1/2" thick and 8" wide. The headboard is 48" tall, 83" wide. It has posts that are 48" tall, but the large glued up panel is rabbeted in to hide the fact that there are posts. I applied prestain conditioner prior to staining with special walnut Minwax. This controlled blotching very well. Then I sprayed a coat of dewaxed shellac and followed with two coats of Minwax polycrylic also sprayed. I was very happy with the finish. The bed is assembled with mortise and tenon joints that are held together with angle brackets to keep the joints together. This bed taxed the capabilities of my tools and I used just about everything I own. Thanks for looking.

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Really nice work. Stain came out great.
 

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That looks great, Bill. My hat's off to you…I wouldn't even attempt something that large. Good job.
 

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Looks great!
 

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I like the solid and stout proportions.

I'm glad the finish didn't turn out too dark. You had me worried when you were talking about "dark brown"

It turned out really nice.
 

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Thanks Jack.
I had me worried too Matt. I don't usually stain anything, but she wanted it dark. I was surprised how it looked with the prestain conditioner going on first. It reduced the uptake of the stain and gave it a nice dark Amber when mixed with the yellow pine.
 

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One heckuva big bed!
Nice clean lines and a sweet finish.
Great job, buddy.
 

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turned out very nice! i wouldn't want it stained too dark either - it's just right
 

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I would say that you nailed it…. Looks fantastic!!!

Glad you didn't call me, to help you move it.
My back is hurtin'.... just thinking about it!!!
 

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Thanks Gene, Greg and Randy.
Thanks for offering to not help Randy.
 

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That's a big one Bill! Really turned out nice and I'm with Randy, sorry I wasn't able to help move it! The finish really worked well, congrats…..
 

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Very nice.
 

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A very ambitious project! You did an outstanding job from start to 'finish'. Working with that huge stock looks like a sport for the young and stout!
 

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I was thinking the same as Andy - that's a lot of heavy lifting. It turned out beautifully.
 

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This was for my cousin and I estimated way too little. I did charge them more than my high estimate and then she wrote the check for more than that. I think she knew. She had looked for a bed she liked commercially and couldn't find one, but I'm sure she got an idea of prices. If I ever build another, I'll know what to charge. Thanks for the nice comments. It was heavy.
 

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Awesome project.

I've worked with a lot of Yellow Pine ("YP"). The first thing that came to mind after I read your writeup, was wood movement with the YP. What was the moisture content of the timbers? Were the timbers kiln dried, steam dried or air dried? Thanks in advance for any consideration you can give this matter.
 

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PDG…

OP says timbers are kiln dried…

Herb
 
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