Wednesday, April 9, 2008

When beds fly out of my Southern end

Seems like I’ve been building lots of bed’s lately. The first one is made from front porch post. Very old and from the Grant Park neighborhood of Atlanta. I used antique, tongue and groove bead board. More than likely the bead board is from a front porch ceiling, it was often used in this application. Also it has green and blue and yellow paints, common for porch ceilings.


This second one is made from new lumber. A couple I have worked for before commissioned this one. I hardly ever used new materials to build furniture. Antique pine is my main thing. I love to make it look like a one of a kind piece that some farmer made to fit a particular place in their house.

These guys came to me with web site that featured Shaker style furniture. Click on the link and see the bed I am using as a guide. I am doing the mortise and tennon for the rails just like the Shakers did. I used new wood because we are gonna paint and distress this bed black and I hate to paint the antique wood. I hand carved the four post using electric hand tools. I bought “furniture grade pine” for this project. The four post started as a 4″ square post. I used, in this order, my router, belt sander, hand held planner and a palm sander to sculpt them into the shape that matches the bed on the web site. This is all new to me and fun. I am very happy with the results and so are the clients. I will post a photo when finished.


This bed is for a beach house and they just ordered another for the same beach house. I am working on it today. I got to find something old and rusty to mount on headboard. More fun.


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