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Everybody needs a bed.
Oh, even a dedicated woodworker might make do for awhile without another end table or bookcase or wall cabinet. But at the end of the day, we all need a place to lay our weary selves down. Tradition – among other things – demands it. So here, with Lonnie Bird’s help, is how to build a comfortable resting place in traditional style.
Bird’s pencil-post bed, which he wrote about in issue #184, features octagonal posts that require no turning, a headboard of tiger maple and a tester frame up top.
The download includes a dimensioned, exploded drawing of the project along with Bird’s article with photos of the important techniques and detail drawings of the joinery and necessary jigs.
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The download shows you how to build a simple router table jig to ensure that the tapered octagonal sections of the posts are uniform.
Multiple color photos illustrate Bird's technique for carving the lamb's-tongue profiles on the posts.
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This bed looks almost identical to the one I made. I used hanger bolts in the post and screwed them down with threaded inserts in the finials I had turned on the lathe. My bed was made out of African Mahogany and had a tung oil finish.
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