The design is rather simple. Sort of Hippy-Shaker! Mostly I just let
the wood dictate the look. The construction is also simple. The head board
and foot board are attached to the legs with dowels. The legs are simple
straight lengths of walnut with rounded edges and simple feet. The side
tables are jointed with biscuits. The only thing "fancy" are the drawers
with birds-eye maple assembled with hand cut half-blind dovetail in the
front and through dovetails in the back. These were my first hand cut dovetails,
and while not perfect, are pretty good.
Here is the foot board, made from a single board. You can see the lighter
sap wood at the edges. The shape comes straight from the tree. There is
also a bit of curl and a nice shimmer to the wood.
The head board is similar to the foot board and includes some nice color
and high lights, and the includes of some knots. The wood is really quite
beautiful, but of course is largely hidden behind pillows! Half the pillows
we normally use are removed in the top picture.
The side tables are also rather simple in design, with a definite Shaker influence. I never did figure out what kind of pulls to use on the drawers. Fortunately, there is a lip under the bottom edge so they are easy to open without pulls.
Here is a better view of the table top, again with the wood extending
from sap wood on one side to sap wood on the other. You often read that
you can not use such wide boards because they are unstable. However, I
had the top to this side table just sitting on top, unattached in any way
for some five years and it never warped a bit. Finally, after one last
time of Deb grabbing hold of the top to move the table, and having the
top come flying off, I got orders to finish construction. And I did!
No stain was used. The finish is Waterlox Transparent (a polymerized tung oil product), wiped on in three coats. The Waterlox provides a very nice close to the wood finish with great color and clarity. The exception is the table tops which are poly for extra protection, wiped on and rubbed out with #0000 steel wool and mineral spirits. The table tops are perhaps the most flawless varnish finish I've ever managed. I finished it in the kitchen, but that was a premarriage luxury! Now I finish in my dusty shop.