Build a Pencil-Post Bed
Figured wood, subtle details, and a rich finish bring charm and elegance to this traditional design
Synopsis: 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.
The pencil-post bed remains popular several centuries after it was introduced—and for good reason. The design is classic yet highly adaptable. By varying the wood, the headboard shape, the post form, and even the finish, this bed will fit comfortably in a wide variety of settings, from…
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CAD-drawn plans and a cutlist for this project are available in the Fine Woodworking store.