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Old 06-20-2011, 05:06 AM
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Default Cherry Pencil Post Bed

Just completed this. (The right post at the foot does not lean to the right as it appears in the photo.) Mortices for rails and headboard and long cheeks of the tenons were cut with OF1400 and MFS. The posts are 80 inches and the tapered part is octagonal. The tapers were cut on the bands saw using a shop made jig. It was these cuts that finally made me junk the old Record infeed/outfeed rollers and get the Lee Valley ones I posted about a couple days ago.

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Old 06-20-2011, 10:36 AM
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Nice bed, Tom... and HUGE room!

Whenever I think of those pencil-post beds, I wonder if anybody has issues with the wood moving later after cutting the octagonal sides. Did you experience any? Cut it a bit oversized then handplane to final dimensions to correct?

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No wood movement to date, I am nervous about when the humidity goes up in the winter. (We get 60+ inches of rain.) I cut the 'blank' oversized, waited a week or so and re-jointed and planed to size.

Yes, I cut slightly oversize and finished with spoke shave and handplane.

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It looks great & compliments the room very nicely.
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Old 06-21-2011, 02:37 AM
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Nice bed. I always wanted to make one of those. It's an elegant design. But my wife wanted a tall curved head board with posts.
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Thanks for sharing, Tom - it's beautiful!
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Old 06-28-2011, 09:03 PM
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Very nice work. Thanks for the pictures.
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Very nice, Tom. Gillian has been bugging me for years to make her one of those. Unfortunately our ceilings are too low to make it work. Beautiful bed, and great room!
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I'm jealous. Nice work displayed in a perfect space.
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Old 06-29-2011, 05:09 AM
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Thanks for all the nice comments. The floor is newly installed and there was 'just a little' pressure from my wife to have the bed done by the time the floor was ready for moving back in. I've done the hardwood floor installation for our homes in the past but with three fused vertebrae and arthritic knees we hired an installer this time. I did make the base board which he installed.

Next project is bedside tables. Pictures will be posted when complete.
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