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    Future Project, a traditional 4 poster bed

    I want to build this bed, from a 1995 WW magazine article I saved. I have a stash of air dried 8/4 hard maple (12% moisture) picked up for $300 to use. Posts are 3 pieces, 2 @ 36" + finial. I got a start on drawing out the post parts full size from the info in the magazine article. Posts are 3"x3" , but I'm thinking of making them approx 3&1/2" square after glueing up 2 pieces of the 8/4 stock. The posts are a bit more complicated with reeding and fluting. I'm hoping the wood will be usable this fall. The maple has some worm holes, spalting, but the price was right for hobby use.
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    Looks really challenging. Can't wait to see you build
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    fluting....Im looking forward to watching you conquer this.
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    btw bryan, looking at your picture, I estimate approx. 295-320 bf of lumber sitting there.
    at 300.00 dollars, for 8/4 maple, only way to get that stash cheaper is by using a gun.
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    Fellow I bought it from measured it at 150 bd ft, talked me into some I rejected for $1 bd ft, another $28. I'm going to make up 2 turning blanks to practice on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bryan Cowing View Post
    Fellow I bought it from measured it at 150 bd ft, talked me into some I rejected for $1 bd ft, another $28. I'm going to make up 2 turning blanks to practice on.
    if those are 8-10 footers, 8 inches wide, theres a lot more than 150 bf there.
    but, from pictures its hard to measure length and width of boards.
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    I glued up a practice 3x3 x36 turning square. I think my hard maple is really soft maple! I have some fine tuning to do to the template for the transition square to round areas.
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    Made up an extension to the bottom post template and glued it on, it's to do the shoulders. Trial and error trying to figure out whats needed.
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    if its soft maple bryan watch put for sticker stain..
    If in Doubt, Build it Stout!
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    Cut 16 beads, using previous markings, but should be 12 by the article. Bearing at last bead has no support so it digs in. I remarked the lathe index for 12.

    I guess I better get back to finishing the other bed and stop playing. Got lots of sanding to do, and assembly before staining.Click image for larger version. 

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