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Pencil-Post Bed

comments (1) February 16th, 2012 in blogs

sscott Stephen Scott, associate editor
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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 Birds technique for carving the lambs-tongue profiles on the posts.
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Free Plans BadgeEverybody 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.

 CLICK HERE to download the free plan


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Comments (1)

Jimmpeeh Jimmpeeh writes:
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.
Posted: 1:00 pm on January 5th

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