Let me start by saying thanks to everyone that offered advice for my Rustic Bed
project. I received advice ranging from what to pay for the reclaimed Douglas
Fir all the way to how to stain the end grain properly. Love this group!
I delivered the bed to my daughter last night. It's a 5 hour round trip, but
I got a nice dinner out of it. ;-) With our conflicting schedules, a weekend
trip was at least a month out so I bit the bullet and made the drive after
Here are some pics...
The Raw Material
The Naked Bed
The Dressed Up Bed
The Edge Of The Headboard
The headboard weighs a bit over 70 pounds, the whole bed is around 110.
It should hold up for a couple of years. ;-)
Thanks again to all!
I think rustic is what the new generation calls well thought out and not
cluttered. A young neighbor described the walnut entertainment center
that I built as modern rustic. That was the furthest thing from my
On Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 9:46:05 AM UTC-4, G. Ross wrote:
The "rustic" refers to the knots, splits, a few holes and dark spots from
the nails that were removed when the wood was reclaimed.
e.g If you zoom in on the left upright of the headboard, you see a black
spot. That's an old nail hole, stained black from (I assume) the iron in
the nails. On the bottom of the foot-board rail, there's a curved
imperfection caused by a knot that fell out long ago.
Those are some of the features that I refer to as "rustic".
On Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 9:59:49 AM UTC-4, Leon wrote:
I'm pretty sure I was over the legal limit for "overhang based on
trailer length" for my state, but I made it home.
The end grain sections are a tad uneven, but I'll live with it. As set up
in that alcove of her room, they won't even be seen.
We'll see. I told my daughter that it's just wood. I told her that if she
tires of the style or if she and a future significant other want to get
something of their own, she shouldn't hesitate to move on. I would hate to
burden her with something she doesn't want just because I built it.
On Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 10:43:25 AM UTC-4, Sonny wrote:
I'm going to visit my son in Vegas next week. I sent him a picture of the
bed and he wants me to built him a King size version while I'm there. 4 days.
I told him he must be dreaming and that he'll be dreaming in his current
bed for quite a while. ;-)
On Tuesday, October 18, 2016 at 12:42:32 PM UTC-4, Leon wrote:
For the most part, I agree, but in this case he was kidding. He's the son
that got the most out of the time spent building Soap Box Derby cars and ran
I knew that it had clicked when we bought him a cart to tow behind his
riding mower back when he was 14. He mowed lawns in the neighborhood and
started with a beat up riding mower, then made enough to buy a new one. He
looked at the big knobby wheels on his old mower, then at the puny ones
on the cart and said "Hey, Dad...I think if we modify the fenders we can get
those big wheels to fit on the cart. It'll look much better than those
He was right! A little work with the reciprocating saw, a few bolts here
and there and we beefed up the cart, just for fun. He's still the same
today. He recently bought a house in Vegas and has been working on making
it his own. I'd love to be working with him again, but for now I have to
settle for offering advice.
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