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A Classic 4 Poster Bed with a Contemporary Feel
Build a queen sized four poster bed. This design calls on colonial American four poster designs and adds a contemporary flair suited to the modern household. The traditional octagonal posts with lamb’s tongue carvings are shortened so as not to dominate a smaller bedroom yet still add a high quality, hand made feel.
Chapter 1: Introduction
We look at the history of the form and discuss the different ways to build a bed from platform to traditional frame
Chapter 2: The Design
I break down the design of the bed and discuss the changes to contemporize this form to match the modern bedroom.
Chapter 3: Posts
Octagonal tapers are created and punctuated with lamb's tongue carvings.
Chapter 4: Rails
Long rails test our milling ability and a round over profiles is stuck into the the edges.
Chapter 5: Headboard
Milling skills are tested again with a 16" wide headboard that is then sawn to shape. Finally the curves are refined and made ready for finish.
Chapter 6: Assembly
Bed bolts are installed with escutcheon plates and the entire bed is test assembled.
Chapter 7: Finishing
I use a water based finish for this bed and apply it using a brushing technique.
As usual, we do it all by hand
No electrons were harmed during the building of this bed
- Comprehensive Video Instruction (over 7 hours) in a easy to reference chaptered format.
- Parts List
- SketchUp Model
- Process Document
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