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  • A walnut bed...

    Here is a bed a finished recently out of walnut.

    This was the most challenging project I have ever done since I started woodworking (2.5 years ago). I started building it late last summer. The woodworking part was done before Christmas but finishing it took much longer partly due to the fact that I was traveling for 1.5 months in Jan/Feb and partly because it was a new finish I tried and it tortured me all the way.

    I have several progress photos (of building the posts, fluting, and reeding) that
    can post if asked. The posts were not as challenging as I thought (eventhough I am fairly new into turning). They took some time to build jigs for the flutes and reeds. The most time consuming part of building it was the curved cap on the tops and the curved molding below it. All of them are done by bent lamination and then routed on the router. Almost all the pieces are attached using M&T or floating tenon, so its pretty solid. The inlays are maple (about 1/4"). Everything with the woodworking part went pretty well and I am quite happy with that part. I did many parts using hand tools. For example, the miters at the center of the cap and molding on the top of the footboard (there was absolutely no room for error and I couldn't trust power tools after spending days on preparing those two pieces).

    The only two changes I made after starting building it was to add a small finial to the center of the headboard and make the inlays at the bottom of footboard a double inlay (instead of one).

    The finish is BLO followed by Shellac and then WB poly. It turned out very good at the end but I'd never try it again!! Sometimes it goes well and sometimes it becomes horrible and had to sand it back to bare wood and start over (don't know why).

    I couldn't get a good set of photos (due to bad lighting, flash doesn't help either). So most photos don't show the actual color.

    Now I can move on to other projects. Thanks for looking.

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    more photos

    Here are more photos:
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    • #3
      Re: A walnut bed...

      You do very nice work.
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      • #4
        Re: A walnut bed...

        Very impressive - I can only wish to make something that beautiful when I get to the 2.5 year mark in this hobby (approx at the .5 mark right now).

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        • #5
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          Beautiful piece that is sure to become an heirloom. I for one would love to see the pics of the progress. How were the jigs used? (Now just have to make sure my wife doesn't see these pics.)
          Last edited by OpaDC; 04-04-2008, 08:49 PM.

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          • #6
            Re: A walnut bed...

            Beautiful. I would also love to see the progress pics

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            • #7
              Re: A walnut bed...

              come on now, tell us where you bought that from......... lol just kidding, very nice work.
              9/11/01, never forget.

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              • #8
                Re: A walnut bed...

                Ok, here are some of the progress pics (I can only post 5 at a time):

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                  and some more
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                    Nice to see the work that can be accomplished without having all the high dollar fancy tools. Nice drill press, I had one just like it for years.
                    Keep them coming, interested to see the formation of the top rail on the headboard

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                    • #11
                      Re: A walnut bed...

                      Wow!! Beautiful work. I love the router jig you made for fluting. Very, very well done. I hope you post some pics of doing the bent lamination and installing the trim. You've made a wonderful heirloom. Congratulations!
                      I put it all back together better than before. There\'s lots of leftover parts.

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                      • #12
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                        The jig is cool! Does it stay at one angle or turn? (noticed the way it is curved where it hits the angled piece on bottom) Did you have any problems with spring back on the bent laminations? Love seeing the process of a true artisan. Hope you have more pics.

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                        • #13
                          Re: A walnut bed...

                          Thanks to all.
                          Sorry I didn't take photos of doing the bent laminations, but I still have the forms and can post photos of them later this week. Below are two other pics of the close up of the inlays and the top of the posts
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                          For the laminations, I first made the top cap, and a separate piece for the molding below it. After cleaning them up, I guled them together, and then on the router table routered the molding below it. The cap is about 1/2" thick and the molding below is 3/4" thick (and 5/8" wide). There was little very spring back.


                          The jig for reeding has the following two features. There is a pattern piece on the base that is following exactly the shape of the post (shown with the green arrow in photo below). The router base follows this pattern, and in order to do that properly, I made a section of the circle so that at any given time the tip of that circle (which is right below the tip of the router bit) follows the patter (shown with the red arrow in the photo). If you don't do this (e.g. leave the base of the router just a straight line, it won't follow the curve and the reeding won't be perfect). I hope the explanation makes sense.
                          The picture also shows the indexing wheel I made for my (cheap) lathe.
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                          • #14
                            Re: A walnut bed...

                            Spectacular! You should be very proud of your work.
                            Jack

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