Popular for centuries, the pencil-post bed can be adapted to fit a variety of settings, from contemporary to traditional. Contributing editor Lonnie Bird's design features posts with simple octagonal feet and the classic tapered octagon on top. Hand-carved lamb's tongues, a tester frame, and figured wood help lend a period look to the piece. Bird takes readers through the project step by step, from milling and tapering the posts to cutting the tapered chamfers, hand carving the lamb's tongues, and constructing the frame. Enhanced by an antique-tiger maple finish, this piece lives up to its billing as a classic.

From Fine Woodworking #184


CAD-drawn plans and a cutlist for this project are available in the Fine Woodworking store.


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