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G&G Bed Frame

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So I started this project, a Taunton plan for a Green and Greene style bed frame, a little over a year ago. Life gets in the way, so rather than dragging this out, now that I'm here, I thought I'd toss some pictures up and get some input from the gallery :) 

It all started out with quartesawn white oak, with ebony accents towards the end of the project. That and a set of plans...

 

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They scare you with these critical mutters to start with but it's not that bad. I can't seem to find the photo of my first miter cut but here's how I lined up the second cut after making 45 degree cuts on the legs...

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Cut cloud lifts on the mid and top rails. Did this before buying my Laguna 1412 and OK, I confess it worked fine after a fashion on my tiny Grizzly saw. But I love my Laguna :) 

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A fair amount of plane and card scraping was done on all the cloud lifts. They are also on the top of the top rail, so yeah lots of them. And this is a California King, rather than the queen size that the plans were for. So six feet wide and seven feet long. 

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There are 24 spindles for this project so that means 48 mortise right? Add another 24 because the top spindle mortise are stepped. So 72 separate operations for the head and foot board assemblies. This took some time. 

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Drilled the holes then cut them square. I don't have a mortiser, which would've saved time but I have more time than money apparently :) 

These pics are slightly out of order, sorry. But you get the idea.

 

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After getting all the splines fitted and the mortise cut in the legs, fitting the whole thing together and setting up the miters was next. I'm skipping a LOT in order to not bore you with nitnoid details we've all dealt with, but any questions I'll be glad to answer. 

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One the glue was dry it was time to cut the curves. I used a French curve template and marked it to where I thought it looked OK, then cut it with a cheap coping saw. It turned out OK. 

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Looking real good.  Lots of nice details.  Keep it up.

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Keep g this long story shorter (I have 80+ pics), here's my finishing room. It's the wintertime finishing room. Two tarps and a drop cloth protect the carpet, and when spray g the shellac I put an exhaust fan in a window. 

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Yeah the fat sleep number mattress and our many pillows cover a lot of the work I did but this thing is rock solid and what you can see looks pretty nice in my eyes. It was a good experience and I recommend it to anyone who wants to try their skills and patience :) 

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Oh the stain was red mahogany and the finish is shellac sprayed on. I was going to go with nitro lacquer but this isn't in an environment that has to resist water or much of anything else, so three spray cans later I was satisfied with it. I may wax parts of it later (when my lovely wife washes the bedding, for instance), but it's good as is. 

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A long, large scale project with a lot of effort.  Looks like it all paid off.  Well done and thanks for documenting the process. 

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 Excellent work on the bed.

 

I see a Tele back there and a Mesa amp? What kind of stuff you into playing?

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Very nice work and a worthy project!  I've never tried a G&G style but have always liked it, may have to give it a shot on some piece.

David

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Very nice! Thanks for sharing. Projects like this make me want to do one of our spare bedrooms in G&G I like the look and the challenge would be fun as well.

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Well done. I like it a lot. But most importantly does your wife like it. Even though this project had to be put on hold, you stayed the coarse. That must feel good that it is finished! Now start planing the next project and do it a little quicker...

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Great piece, and thumbs up for perseverance!  Can't believe the Mrs let you spray shellac in a carpeted space.  Was she away for the weekend :).

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