I made this bed as part of a woodworking class held in Hertford, NC. The school, Ben Hobb’s Fine Woodworking, holds a variety of classes for those who want to extend their skills (you do need some woodworking proficiency), and you come away with a piece of furniture whose quality is entirely up to you.
I thought it was about time to replace our 24 year old metal frame bed and wanted to make something I would be proud of. I’m glad I did. This bed, predominately made with Mahogany, not only looks good, but is solid and, as anyone who’s done fine woodwork knows, has that warm luscious feeling – something I can touch every evening when I go to bed.
The mahogany was dyed with a water based aniline dye and then covered with multiple coats of Danish Oil, each coat rubbed in and polished, with a final coat of paste wax to protect it.
I learned to use all sorts of hand tools in this school so, with both the bed and the new skills, it was quite a bargain!
[img src=http://tomstudwell.com/wordpress/wp-content/flagallery/pencilpostbed/thumbs/thumbs_img_2350.jpg]820Here we are at school.
Only two other students were there and they were husband and wife, building one bed for themselves.
[img src=http://tomstudwell.com/wordpress/wp-content/flagallery/pencilpostbed/thumbs/thumbs_img_2364.jpg]630Here is my bed being dry fit next to the Instructor's.
I'm pretty pleased that there's no apparent difference between them![img src=http://tomstudwell.com/wordpress/wp-content/flagallery/pencilpostbed/thumbs/thumbs_img_2368.jpg]550The pieces, after dying, waiting to dry.
[img src=http://tomstudwell.com/wordpress/wp-content/flagallery/pencilpostbed/thumbs/thumbs_img_3240.jpg]490The post was one piece octagonal taper meeting the main part of the post with a "Lamb's Tongue" transition.
[img src=http://tomstudwell.com/wordpress/wp-content/flagallery/pencilpostbed/thumbs/thumbs_img_3225.jpg]440We turned our own finial's.
This is the first time I've ever done turning and was very pleased that all four finials actually matched![img src=http://tomstudwell.com/wordpress/wp-content/flagallery/pencilpostbed/thumbs/thumbs_img_3232.jpg]390Detail showing the headboard joining the post.
[img src=http://tomstudwell.com/wordpress/wp-content/flagallery/pencilpostbed/thumbs/thumbs_img_3233.jpg]360I love the WIDE Mahogany planks!
Had to flatten this with hand planes, it was too wide for the thickness plane![img src=http://tomstudwell.com/wordpress/wp-content/flagallery/pencilpostbed/thumbs/thumbs_img_3235.jpg]340Another view of the headboard.