I'm looking to build a king size bed (heirloom bed plan at plans.now) and
and wondering about a good wood choice. This will be painted white to give
it a beach or cottage look instead of the cherry used in the plans. Is pine
strong enough to use? Should I use poplar? This should be a fun and
challenging project - one that means a new jointer and planner too!
On Thu, 17 Jun 2004 10:53:08 -0600, "Jeremy Gibson"
Poplar is an excellent choice. I used three long poplar planks for my
lathe. Poplar shapes well, is tough, absorbs vibration, and is
inexpensive. Poplar takes paint exceptionally well, although I left
my lathe natural color.
Pine, depending on what kind, will show the grain, and possibly weep
sap. Pine is strong enough for a bed. I constructed my king-size
waterbed from pine and it is still holding over 500 pounds of water
after 30 years. Back then in engineering college, I calculated the
tangential force on the side using calculus and the deflection created
by the weight.
I meant to say, " not as tough as oak, AND like you said,
you are gonna paint it". Using the conjunction "but"
implies that an alternative wood for a painted project is
oak! Hardly! That would be a crime! :)
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