For our annual get together, we Hobbses are turning beds this year.
Starting Saturday with machined blanks, I got to it. First step was to locate, mark, and evacuate mortises for rails and headboard. Then, after plugging headboard mortises, I rounded the posts and started to turn. By the end of the first day, I had the posts rounded and a good start on turning a couple of them.
I was finished with the turning at the end of two long days. I then chucked 'em up to sand those sections not carved. Then used lathe to hold and rotate to lay out lines to guide the carving and to hold the router jig to set in the reeds. At the point of the photos, I had done a bit of setting in the layout lines with carving tools.
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It's great to see you and the Family Hobbs back at it here. Brother Cal just finished that beautiful desk and now you are working on the bed. I will eagerly await seeing the progress you make. Thank you for keeping us posted.
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I haven't done a very good job of keeping this blog updated, but here a few intermediate pictures and the finished bed. Happy to be sleeping on it the past week. When I take better detail photos, I will publish them here.
Finish: -fairly light coat of transtint dark red mahogany-just enough to even color on some great mahogany and to more color the maple rails -shellac, first brushed, then sprayed, then sanded, then brushed, then sanded and polished out, then sprayed. -dark mahogany briwax applied with steel wool
I'm not scientific or systematic about my finishing and I try to never give advice. That said, I end up with results that make me happy.
Spraying has obvious advantages of putting down very even coats very quickly. I use the brush to get plenty of finish into the cracks and crevices and pores, particularly after I have sanded the finish so I can make sure all my dust is dissolved. I tend to spray lightish coats and perhaps I would do well to spray heavier coats and avoid the greater effort of the brush.
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