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Forum topic by CharlesA posted 01-20-2019 08:43 PM 331 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-20-2019 08:43 PM

I’m in the midst of building a king size bed. Looking for some tips here.

The rough head board is 7’x3’x1” at the moment. I will be about 10% smaller when cut to shape. I’m a bit afraid of baning it around after i’ve done the sanding and in gluing up, etc. Just trying to anticipate problems. Have you done any work with pieces this big? Have you found any good ways to handle the material?

Thanks, Charles

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#1 posted 01-20-2019 09:47 PM

My advice is to get it out of the shop fast. Don’t do any other projects until it’s done. Otherwise you will suffer some collateral damage.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#2 posted 01-20-2019 09:51 PM

I built a king size bed a few years ago and you are correct, handling the panels for the footboard and headboard was a challenge without bumping into things. A lot depends on how big your shop is, or if you can temporarily store the panels outside the shop somewhere safe. Perhaps cover the panels with cardboard or packing blankets in the shop?

The real challenge will come when you have to apply finish…

-- The optimist says "the glass is half full". The pessimist says "the glass is half empty". The engineer says "the glass is twice as big as it needs to be"

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#3 posted 01-20-2019 10:03 PM

As tungoil said, covering them when not working on them definitely helps. To move them around the shop, perhaps something like these will help minimizing risk of damage. Just put one under each leg to help move it around.

-- Mike - Waukesha, WI

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#4 posted 01-20-2019 10:10 PM

That’s not much different than a 36” x 80” x 1 3/8” interior door. I have lots of experience with those. My best advice is to have a construction surface that’s as large as the piece and keep it clear of things that can damage the wood. My table happens to be made from a solid core door, so the dimensions were perfect. Even then, I had a couple of incidents. On one, there was a flat head screw on the table that I didn’t see and as I moved the door around it was busy cutting into the surface at all sorts of unfortunate curves and angles.

Get someone to help you when you reposition it, or just be very cautious. In any event, odds are you’ll make a scratch somewhere. It forced me to take time to learn lots of repair techniques using hard fill and other methods.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#5 posted 01-20-2019 11:51 PM

Just to state the obvious, be sure to do a dry glue-up run to ensure everything is in place and at the ready when you join the pieces together. The process can be complicated by the size of the work (bracing, supports, fit, clamps, etc.) so it helps to do a dry run to find any issues that could arise before you are actually gluing everything.

-- Don't let perfection get in the way of plenty good enough

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#6 posted 01-21-2019 12:07 AM

I have a rubber mat I spread out on my assembly table to prevent Shop Rash

-- Ken

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