All posts filed under: The Tornado Bed

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 …

Tornado Bed: I Run Into a Problem

Finally this project, which started in May, is coming to a close. Construction is complete on the Tornado Bed (or at least I thought it was – read on). I added the last of the pins for the mortise and tenon joints Friday evening. It was good to think that I would be putting away tools like my drill for the last time on this project. This week was basically a repeat of the steps I took in my last post, except I worked on the head board this time and fine tuned my process for eliminating drill tear out. In case you missed last weeks post, the process looked similar to this… My drill bit is just barely long enough to go all the way through the posts. The painters tape protects the wood from dents caused by the drill. Also I have clamped a backer board securely in place to minimize tear out. There was still a little tear out around the holes. I wonder if this is just hard to control in …

Tornado Bed: Getting Close

It is so cool when everything goes as planned. The last step in construction for the Tornado Bed is to peg the mortise and tenon joints in the head board and foot board. Again, some hesitation sets in as I contemplate drilling holes into the sanded clear pine – such a handsome wood in its pre-stain state. I sure would hate to mess it up at this point. The tool selected for creating the holes is my corded Craftsman drill. It is old, but still is more steady than my cordless drill. In an effort to control the drilling process, I bought a drill guide to help ensure the bit goes in nice and straight. I will be drilling all the way through the posts. On to the photos… The drilling guide limits my depth of cut. I only get 2/3 through the post and then have to finish drilling all the way through without the guide. I have to sort of smile as I contemplate staining the Tornado Bed. All the prep work: sanding …