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Garry Smith
03-21-2006, 2:05 PM
This is a headboard and footboard with a built on bench I recently finished.
The frame is cherry and for the panels I resawed curly yellow birch to make the panels.
Photos of the process' and jigs used to make the parts for the bed can be seen at
http://www.superwoodworks.com/Projects/ArchedBed.htm (http://www.superwoodworks.com/Projects/ArchedBed.htm) if interested.
Garry

http://www.superwoodworks.com/images/ArchedBed/HeadFootboard1.JPG

http://www.superwoodworks.com/images/ArchedBed/HeadFootboard3.JPG

Jason Tuinstra
03-21-2006, 2:21 PM
Gary, wow, wow, and then wow again! That looks fantastic!!! The wood is gorgeous. I've never seen an attached bench before. I don't know if I'd like it or not, but it sure does show off your skill and ability. Thanks for showing it off.

Steve Ash
03-21-2006, 2:25 PM
Garry, I gotta agree with Jason....WOW! You did good. WOW!

Jeffrey Makiel
03-21-2006, 2:26 PM
Boy o' boy...that looks really nice. It's unique and thoughtful. Nice website photos too!

Do you have plans for complimentary bedroom pieces?
-Jeff

John Timberlake
03-21-2006, 2:28 PM
Wonderful job of design, wood selection, and execution. Overall great look. I would really like to know the construction detail because my son wants a similar bed. Except that he want the foot board to have the opposite curvature. And he want the posts turned on a 45 so you have the points turning toward the head board and side rails. Please provide details. And thanks for posting.

Dan Oliphant
03-21-2006, 2:34 PM
Gary, that is first class work, well done. I really like the wood combination that you selected.

George Matthews
03-21-2006, 3:08 PM
This is a headboard and footboard with a built on bench I recently finished.


Wow!

After reviewing your site (thanks), I have a few questions.
I see details for the panel lamination and reference to a core.
What did you use for the core? Is it two or three layers?

Thanks for sharing.

tod evans
03-21-2006, 3:22 PM
nice work garry!

Garry Smith
03-21-2006, 3:41 PM
Wonderful job of design, wood selection, and execution. Overall great look. I would really like to know the construction detail because my son wants a similar bed. Except that he want the foot board to have the opposite curvature. And he want the posts turned on a 45 so you have the points turning toward the head board and side rails. Please provide details. And thanks for posting.
Take a look at the link I posted with the photos for the construction details.

Jim Becker
03-21-2006, 3:43 PM
Gary, wow, wow, and then wow again!

Understatement of the day. WOW is more like it!

scott kinninger
03-21-2006, 3:47 PM
That is some beautiful work, I especially like the curves!

Larry Fox
03-21-2006, 3:50 PM
Phenominal work. Gorgeous wood.

Rob Russell
03-21-2006, 4:01 PM
Garry,

Beautiful job. I won't let my wife see this one.

Rob

George Gong
03-21-2006, 4:36 PM
Your project turned out beautifully. I think that you have displayed the natural beauty of the wood really well. And the finish looks great!

Michael Gabbay
03-21-2006, 4:49 PM
Gary - That is simply FANTASTIC! I really love that design and the wood is spectacular. You should submit it to FWW.

Mike

Joe Unni
03-21-2006, 4:50 PM
Ditto WOW!!

Very nice job Garry, thank you for sharing.

-joe

Gail O'Rourke
03-21-2006, 4:52 PM
Awesome, simply gorgeous, it took me a couple of looks to realize that the bench is attached to the footboard, very clever.

Vaughn McMillan
03-21-2006, 6:34 PM
Bravo, Garry! Excellent wood selection and utilitization. The birch/cherry combination is sweet, and I really like the arched design.

- Vaughn

John Kain
03-21-2006, 6:40 PM
Good Grief........that looks fantastic!

David Duke
03-21-2006, 6:43 PM
Great looking piece Garry!!

John Hedges
03-21-2006, 6:57 PM
VERY VERY NICE. I was wondering if you would share any information on how you finished the bed. I didn't see anything on the referenced page that described that. I really like how the finish came out.

Ed Kowaski
03-21-2006, 7:20 PM
The design is excellent and the execution looks immaculate. Attaching the bench to the foot board is a fantastically clever idea. Bravo!!!

Greg Koch
03-21-2006, 7:34 PM
Absolutely unreal....Awesome job!

Ken Fitzgerald
03-21-2006, 7:36 PM
Garry.............Stunning.......absolutely stunning! Wood, design, finish.....stunning!

Chris Dodge
03-21-2006, 7:54 PM
Great job! I love the shop too! It looks like a great place to work.

Todd Davidson
03-21-2006, 8:12 PM
Bravo Garry!

Bruce Page
03-21-2006, 8:21 PM
Garry, I canít think of any superlatives that havenít already been used, so Iíll repeat,


WOW!

Martin Shupe
03-21-2006, 8:25 PM
Gary,

I can't add much, except echo the congratulations! Your work is simply stunning. I love the curly birch, and it blends well with the cherry.

Simply outstanding!!!!

Cliff Rohrabacher
03-21-2006, 8:28 PM
Very nice !
I like the bench idea.

Ron Challender
03-21-2006, 8:38 PM
Man every time I come to this site I learn something. Your bed is awsome I especially like the way curly Birch panels contrast with the cherry. Super project.

Corey Hallagan
03-21-2006, 10:12 PM
Wow, that is really something. Beautiful wood and craftsmanship! Nice job.

corey

Bruce Shiverdecker
03-21-2006, 10:33 PM
Looks Super, Gary!

Bruce

Ted Jay
03-21-2006, 11:03 PM
Beautiful!!
I like the arch and the panels. nice finish.
The "saddle" recess in the bench is a nice touch.
:D

Ken Shoemaker
03-22-2006, 12:48 AM
Design, Fit, Finish.... Well Done!!!! WOW!!!

Jim Tobias
03-22-2006, 1:08 AM
Garry,
All I can say has been said before, but I will repeat it one more time - beautiful design, workmanship, and finish!!! I am about to embark on a bed building project so this has inspired me to say the least.
The talent on this forum is unbelievable!!

Jim

Jim Benante
03-22-2006, 1:55 AM
Standing ovation on that one! (Sound of applause)

Peter Stahl
03-22-2006, 6:52 AM
I see their Wow's and will go one more WOW! Really nice looking bed. Please post pics after it's assembled.

rick fulton
03-22-2006, 7:55 AM
Excellent design and material selection. The three pieces just flow together. Very inspiring. Thanks for sharing.
rick

Mike Mastin
03-22-2006, 8:14 AM
The curly Yellow Birch figure is perfect for a project of this size and scale. It is not overpowering or too intense, but draws attention to the whole design. It is one of my favorite figured woods for larger projects like what you have so beautifully designed and built . Outstanding work and use of materials.

Garry Smith
03-22-2006, 8:16 AM
Gary, wow, wow, and then wow again! That looks fantastic!!! The wood is gorgeous. I've never seen an attached bench before. I don't know if I'd like it or not, but it sure does show off your skill and ability. Thanks for showing it off.
Thanks Jason,
The bench was a nessesity because my wife did not want side boards.
The headboard attaches to the metal mattress frame and the footboard is freestanding. Likely would not have been my preference either.

Garry Smith
03-22-2006, 8:19 AM
Boy o' boy...that looks really nice. It's unique and thoughtful. Nice website photos too!

Do you have plans for complimentary bedroom pieces?
-Jeff
There are addional pieces in the future. Have not settled on any desighns for the night stands etc. as yet. I have other projects to move onto before I can do these pieces though.

Tyler Howell
03-22-2006, 8:20 AM
What they said!!!:cool: :cool:

Garry Smith
03-22-2006, 8:27 AM
Wow!

After reviewing your site (thanks), I have a few questions.
I see details for the panel lamination and reference to a core.
What did you use for the core? Is it two or three layers?

Thanks for sharing.

The core I used was 1/4 inch luan. It worked well and the panels stayed flat afterwards.

Tom Drake
03-22-2006, 8:48 AM
Beautiful work Garry. Great design too.

Garry Smith
03-22-2006, 8:55 AM
VERY VERY NICE. I was wondering if you would share any information on how you finished the bed. I didn't see anything on the referenced page that described that. I really like how the finish came out.
I sprayed 2 coats of Sealcoat, then 2 and 3 coats of Minwax wipeon poly and of course sanding between coats.

Garry Smith
03-24-2006, 9:23 PM
Thanks everyone for all the great comments. I never expected this much response,
Garry

Jim Hinze
03-28-2006, 8:23 AM
Wow... what beautiful pieces!

Garry Smith
03-28-2006, 8:35 AM
Wow... what beautiful pieces!
Thanks Jim,
I once lived close to you in Chesterfield many years ago.
Garry

Dennis Peacock
03-28-2006, 8:37 AM
Very beautiful work Gary. Very nice.

John Miliunas
03-28-2006, 9:37 AM
OK, how about "wow" backwards??? WOW!!!! :D Absolutely stunning, Garry! Design, craftsmanship, selection of wood...Well, just everything about the pieces is simply, WOW!!!! :D :cool:

Jerry Strojny
03-28-2006, 11:24 AM
That is absolute fantastic. I really love the wood selection. Every time I see some work of the members here it makes me more embarrased to show any of the my own. You do fantastic work. Do you teach??:D

Garry Smith
03-28-2006, 11:57 AM
That is absolute fantastic. I really love the wood selection. Every time I see some work of the members here it makes me more embarrased to show any of the my own. You do fantastic work. Do you teach??:D
Thanks Jerry,
"Do you teach??"
As a matter of fact I will be helping out a friend this weekend to build a table in my shop.

Mike Zozakiewicz
03-28-2006, 1:33 PM
Very cool! WOW squared. Love the wood selection and contrast. Thanks for sharing it with us.

Mike

Paul Downes
03-28-2006, 3:05 PM
Awesome work Gary! I have some of that birch, know in our parts as 'flame birch' I never thought to resaw it, but I may very well study your process. I've bookmarked your page in my favorites.