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    4 poster bed build for Son & Wife

    I got a start on laminating the 3 part 6"x 6" blanks posts for the bed. Got to use the new BS to rip the 8/4 to width. The 12" RAS got a work out, but not impressed with the newly sharpened blade! Used up all the 80 bd ft of 8/4 oak , only a few long 2x2 off cuts left. That was close estimating!!
    Bed is the same as the ash one I built a year ago, but with a few changes in post design to lower the mattress height.
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    Excellent, another Bryan build thread. I really enjoy these Bryan. Thanks for taking the time to drag us all along and for sharing the details of your methods.
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    I have to ask bryan, what are you paying these days for 8/4 white oak up there in canada?
    4/4, same price?

    looking foward to this build, thanx for sharing
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    Watching closely as my son and DIL also want me to build them a 4 poster.
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    bryan why did you rip the 8/4 on the band saw rather than the tables saw? nice MM saw new ? or new to you
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    Quote Originally Posted by allen levine View Post
    I have to ask bryan, what are you paying these days for 8/4 white oak up there in canada?
    4/4, same price?

    looking foward to this build, thanx for sharing
    for the head and footboard & side rails, 6/4 =$2.72 bd ft. For the posts 8/4 = $3.07 bd ft. Tax here is 13%
    Not sure what the 4/4 goes for now. Prices have been rising, as I have bought 4/4 under $2. Years ago I remember oak selling at $3.25 for 4/4,

    Quote Originally Posted by larry merlau View Post
    bryan why did you rip the 8/4 on the band saw rather than the tables saw? nice MM saw new ? or new to you
    I can do longer pieces on the bandsaw than the TS , and its a 2008 saw I bought a year ago, slightly used by previous owner. TS can do 8 ft , bit more if I get some tools / etc. out of the way . And I wanted to get some use out of the BS , not just take up room in the shop.

    I finally can cut the 6" posts to length using the big bandsaw and a TS mitre gauge in one pass,
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    I finished the glue ups today, then started to mount the Vega copier on the lathe. Since this bed needs to be lower to the floor, I made two new templates for the bed post to get the mattress 6" lower. This will also allow the bed roll a bit more space above the footboard. The plan I use was made up a few years ago from a picture of a single bed 4 poster , with no tall foot board. The bed I made a year ago, in queen size, I added a bed roll and changed the footboard to match the headboard. Here are the patterns I will use. The posts are 5 &1/2" square x 57 &1/2 tall. Bed roll just under 4" . Some where the bed posts have grown by 2" compared to the ash bed
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    Here's a pic of the single bed
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    Queen bed
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    Turning the Bed Roll / 2 parts

    Started with the 2 piece blanket roll 1st. Band sawed the corners off , and of course forgot to mark the centres on the second one.
    Ruff turning using the Vega, 4" diameter x 30.5", 32.5" oak blanks. Once I have all the parts ruffed out, I will go back over them and finish with hand chisels. Pin is 2" in the centre right now, probably be turned down some more. The shorter one will get a hole drilled on the lathe with a forstner bit, then glued together.
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    I love the turned posts....those beds look solid as a rock. Really nice work.

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    I got one bottom done. I nick the corners with a chisel to try and prevent chipping, and feed in the Vega's cutter slowly. Oak blank must weigh 20 pounds, scary at 1000 RPM. 17.6 pounds when done
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