The Tornado Bed
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Has the Tornado Bed found a home?

It appears that the Tornado Bed will find a home in the Sipsey, Alabama community. Located in rural Walker County, Sipsey was struck not only by a tornado, but also by high winds from storms that hit the morning of April 27th. The bed will go to a couple which lost their mobile home in the storms that day. A new home for them is under construction thanks to an organization called Restore Sipsey and is scheduled for completion later this fall (our church has partnered with the Restore Sipsey effort).

In the video above, you can see a tour of Sipsey, Alabama after the tornado strike on April 27th (this video was found on YouTube – I did not shoot this video). Damage begins to appear at the 1:40 mark – note the damaged and destroyed homes in addition to all the trees.

At present, I am in the process of applying the final coats of wipe-on polyurethane to the head board and side rails. Once this is complete, I’ll begin work on the foot board. I just don’t have enough room to work on all of the bed at the same time.

Regarding the finials which were an issue in my last post, I applied three coats of pre-color conditioner to the remaining two finials and I have tested one of them with stain. The result is good, but I will probably make three new finials and cover them with four coats of conditioner, add stain and poly and be done with them.

I have a target of October 15th for completion, but I have the University of Alabama vs. Vandy football game this weekend and a number of other things on my schedule as well. Wish me luck.

This project is being built in response to the historic tornado outbreak that occurred in Alabama on April 27, 2011.

On that day, 63 tornadoes struck our state which claimed the lives of 247 people and caused between $2.45 billion and $4.2 billion in property damage (click the image at the right).

The Tornado Bed will be given free of charge to a needy victim of the April 27th tornado event.

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During the week, I sell flooring products for The Dixie Group. Weekends, you'll find me in my basement workshop making furniture.


  1. Really great project, Jeff. I have a friend from B-ham who posted pictures of what was left of his old street. You guys really took a hit down there.

  2. Christopher – we were lucky, our neighborhood had some minor tree damage, but the real scare was my daughter who was in school at the U of A when they got hit. Also scary was my brother who met up with the Hueytown tornado as he tried to make his way home. Everyone is OK.

    While Tuscaloosa and parts of the Birmingham area got a lot of attention, the vast area hit by tornadoes that day is not to be believed.

    Sipsey, Alabama is in a somewhat remote area and got virtually no attention after the storm and that is where Restore Sipsey has been so important.

    Thanks for the comment.

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