Making a Sheraton Bed
The challenge is in the posts
Synopsis: The posts on this bed are the toughest part; after that, says Philip C. Lowe, the rest is simple. Lowe makes full-scale drawings for his projects, and he shares tips on doing so on this job. He explains how to make the blanks for the bedposts, how to turn and reed the posts, and how to put it all together. He also offers side information on indexing wheels for the lathe.
Beds often are very simple, even if they look as complicated as the Sheraton bed in the photo on the facing page. The joinery isn’t complicated, and there aren’t many parts. In fact, once you’ve made the posts for this bed, the hard work is behind you. Think about the posts as different circular-shaped moldings stacked on top of one another. The posts can be made in one piece, as I do, or made in several pieces, which…