On Sun, 21 Mar 2010 00:41:02 -0500, the infamous "Leon"
All it'll cost you is some extra doors, an exterior garage door, and a
different HVAC unit and sub-panel for the new shop area.
Oh, and some QuietRock paneling, to keep the shop noise out of the
If we attend continually and promptly to the little that we can do, we
shall ere long be surprised to find how little remains that we cannot do.
-- Samuel Butler
Thank you Morris. As a side, I priced 4x4 oak. IIRC around $600 for the
posts. No thanks. I ended up building plywood posts, hollow in the center
and cutting 3/16" thick oak veneer to glue around the perimeters. I saved
about $550 doing them that way. ;~)
Oh and BTY!!!! I used my Kerf Maker to make the muntins on the upper panels
on the foot and head boards. All half lap jointery. First try, perfect
If by any chance you loooked through the other pictures I have on Flickr,
you may have noticed what I refer to as "toad stools" the post
finals/capitols. They are on a 2x2x8 which slides down inside the hollow
bed posts. Handy for removal when flipping the mattress and a simple
solution for attachment. ;~)
I used it again on the light bridge, I neded to cut an 8' long dado to
receive the plywood top. Again, first try was perfect and beat setting up
for 1 dado.
I'm guessing your Domino contribute significantly in the building of
the entire project. I wonder how much increased building time would
have been needed if you'd had to build it entirely out of tenon and
Lots of Domino's in the towers 100+, about 40 on the bed and 4 in the light
The Domino was a real time saver and the accuracy was key on the towers.
Several Domino's in half of the tower outer panels, and 32 Domino's to join
the fixed shelves and 4 outer panels on each tower. I used stub ttnnons on
the panels that had framed panels.
WOW, Leon! Very nicely done!
I think I like the detailing on the project the best. I like the
lines and patterns on the foot board and the drawers and doors. Just
enough detail to make it look really classy.
I am liking less complicated designs these days, and those look just
about perfect to my eye. Like I said, just enough to make it look
I caught your comment on making the posts from plywood and veneering
Like the others that have mentioned it, I am NOT going to let Kathy
see this pics!
You know,,,;~) here comes a life long dream story. When I was younger,
probably in my early 20's, I had a reoccouring dream. I lived in a large
house with a stair case that was on the outer walls. The stair case was
lined with book cases on the landings that also served as "stair case
dirrection changers"? The wood work was probably walnut and had lots of
details. It was the kind of stair case that resembled a hall way and had
lots of things to catch your attention. Basically the stair case "was" the
destination, I never made it to the top in my dreams.
I have always dreamed of having that house...HA! Well my wife are still in
our starter home that we were only going to stay in for 4 or 5 years, 29
years ago. Oddly the house still works for us and I decided to make our
small bed room into my "destination".
I will confess that I got the head and foot board idea from an Amish
furniture store. Their bed had the muntins in the upper panels similar to
my bed. Because the bed was in an Amish store, and as you may very well
know, you are not allowed to take pictures. I had to make a mental image
and everything evolved from there. The lower bed storage drawers, towers,
and light bridge are all of my own design. I think the light bridge is the
what makes me think back to my old dream with that old fashoned look.
Laying under the bridge and looking up you see things that you don't
normally see from the angle that my pictures show. I still look inside the
tower cubbys and wonder how all the inside details came out astetically
pleasing. Basically the in sides look like the out sides. While I
phisically did all the work with out help except to cut a large panel and
now and then I truely had a higher power standing by my side all the way
through. I am still not sure how I was able to build the 8 side panels of
the towers with 64 pre mortised Domino holes for 8 fixed shelves on 8
different planes for both towers and it all come together perfectly, first
Now if I can just figure out how and find the time to move that picture that
is half covered by "Kim's tower", ;~)
Thank you again Robert.
Cutting veneer with my Laguna BS is fun, you get what you expect. I
discovered however that 3/16" veneer, I used this thickness to reface a
neighbors kitchen cabinets in 2008, is pretty much like working with normal
wood. It is less likely to be a problem in the corners and is thick enough
to take a whack. It does not immediately curl when you apply glue and can
be "pinned" to prevent movement while clamping.
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