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Ladies and gentlemen,

This project was born somewhere at the local IKEA. I realized there that I wanted a simple and practical bed with the feel of beautiful real wood, chopped, carved, and finished myself.

Here it is:
  • Honduras mahogany - I didn't want to spend time working on a cheap wood. Mahogany is also good for carving.
  • hard maple slats
  • long 1" cocobolo pins to reinforce the tenons, and cocobolo plugs to hide 4" socket bolts
  • the first finishing layer is a shellac sealer, and then I used a few layers of the mix: 1/3 High Gloss Waterlox, 1/3 pure tung oil, 1/3 turpentine, which adds a nice amber hue.

I carved the headboard in the Japanese style using the braided pattern Higaki.
Other ideas, plugs and rounded edges, sparked my mind when I visited The Gamble House in Pasadena.

I'm in a hurry to make these photos while the bed is still brand new. Its mahogany will darken as time goes by, nicks and scratches will appear, waiting for another coat of the magical mix.

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You did a great job on this one. Welcome to LJs
 

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That is sweet! I love the style and the carving is first rate!!

Great job!
 

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Wonderful bed Welcome To LJs
 

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nice clean lines.Alistair
 

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Beautiful bed and extremely nice carving (the pattern and the work). Welcome to LJ.
 

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Thank you all very much for the compliments.
I found that even a simple carving adds richness to any furniture.
 

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Great looking bed. It looks very well designed and executed,I look forward to seeing more of your work. Welcome to LumberJocks.
 

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Fantastic work, I love the carving!
 

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Beautiful design and exquisite carving. Very nicely done.
 

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Great looking bed! You did a beautiful job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless
tom
 

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Very nice, did you use a designing program? if so which one.
 

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I used SketchUp from Google.
It helps me to create templates for the routed edges.
 
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