The Bedroom Set
This is how it all got started - we needed a bedroom set. After looking at the cost of dressers and such I said to myself - "heck I can buy the wood and the tools and still be money ahead!" Of course that assumed that I actually knew how to turn wood into furniture......
I have been a machinist and machine builder for 36 years - how hard can it be to work with wood anyway? Well, it is both easier and harder than I thought but it IS doable!
The first piece - Jan's Dresser and Mirror:
This was made from plans in - you guessed it - Woodsmith Magazine. I changed the wood type from Cherry to Quartersawn Red Oak. Jan and I are both pretty happy with how it came out although I wish I had made the piece 2" taller and made the bottom drawers correspondingly deeper.
The next piece required was a dresser for me. Now Woodsmith had a plan for a Armoire but I wanted a chest of drawers. Out came the sketch pad. By this time I had finished Mary's entertainment center so I knew I could work to a sketch. I used the plan from Jan's dresser and sketched up a tall chest to match with the following results:
Clay's Tall Chest:
I used the same finish as Jan's dresser but I turned the walnut knobs instead of staining beech knobs like I used on Jan's dresser. I like these much better and I will eventually replace the knobs on Jan's dresser with walnut.
The next step would be the bed. Woodsmith obligingly published plans for a matching bed and I accordingly built it substituting QSRO and Walnut for cherry and dyed cherry.
It strained the size of my shop to assemble this! Even the shop dog was crowded.
After finishing and installation it looked like this:
The only thing left were a pair of nightstands! Woodsmith came through with a plan and I built a matching set using QSRO and walnut panels for the doors:
I have some ideas about a matching bookcase and a low chest for the end of the bed but for now.... on to other things!