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Beds – FineWoodworking

Designed after a four-post bed by Gustav Stickley, this queen-size version features a Glasgow-style inlay and can be adapted to suit any mattress height. The construction is mortise-and-tenon, the posts are tapered, and the head- and foot-boards are curved. Kevin Rodel made this Arts and Crafts classic in the traditional white oak.

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Videos in the Series

  • June 29, 2017

    Designed after a four-post bed by Gustav Stickley, this queen-size version features a Glasgow-style inlay and can be adapted to suit any mattress height. The construction is mortise-and-tenon, the posts…

  • June 29, 2017

    After cutting the mortises on a hollow-chisel mortiser, Kevin shapes the posts of this bed using a bandsaw, sander, and block plane

  • July 6, 2017

    In this episode, Kevin makes the template he’ll use to curve the top rails, cuts mortises in the rails, puts tenons on the end, and finally adds the curves using the bandsaw and router

  • July 13, 2017

    Kevin uses a jigsaw, router and templates to make the cutout and relieved areas of the headboard. Then he adds a beautiful carved texture to the relieved area using a gouge.

  • July 20, 2017

    In this episode, Kevin adds the tenons to the bed panels and side rails using the tablesaw and bandsaw

  • July 27, 2017

    In this episode, Kevin gets started on the inlay by making banding out of maple, and most importantly, creating the templates that will be used throughout the inlay process

  • August 3, 2017

    Armed with the perfect templates, Kevin starts routing the inlay channels on the complex headboard inlay

  • August 10, 2017

    In this episode, Kevin inlays the curved banding and finishes off the straight sections of the main panel

  • August 16, 2017

    Kevin completes the stringing by adding the vertical stems and the 1/4-in horizontal base

  • August 24, 2017

    In this episode, Kevin starts the process of the spade and heart inlay by creating a veneer “sandwich”, cutting out the spade inserts, and finally creating the pocket to recieve the inserts.

  • August 31, 2017

    In this episode, Kevin starts the continues the inlay cutting out the heart inserts.

  • September 7, 2017

    In this episode, Kevin finishes off the inlay by adding the pewter inserts, scraping and sanding them just like wood

  • September 14, 2017

    In the conclusion on this video workshop, Kevin puts on a show tackling a very difficult glue-up solo, and finishing it all of by assembling the bed with specialty bed hardware.

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