All posts tagged: Bed

The Trundle Tornado Bed

It is so much fun to get the occasional email where a woodworker has downloaded one of my woodworking plans and has a completed project as a result. I received an email this afternoon from Jim of Mississippi, who had a significant connection with my queen size bed woodworking plan. I made the bed, known as the Tornado Bed, and donated it to tornado relief; the result of a horrific day in 2011 in which 63 tornadoes destroyed many areas of northern Alabama. On that same day, Jim was living in north Alabama and was an executive at a small hospital. When the tornadoes struck, his hospital went without power for about two days. Areas near his hospital were struck by an EF-3 tornado along with two EF-5s, the highest category for tornadoes. So when Jim happened upon my blog, not only did he have an interest in a bed woodworking plan, there was a connection between what he experienced and the bed I built. Jim included his phone number along with an invitation for …

Tornado Bed: the hardware, part 1

You know, sometimes things just take a while, especially when you need to do something important and getting it right the first time is critical. Such was the case with the Tornado Bed over the past two weeks. I am specifically talking about cutting the mortises on each end of the side rails. I had just spent about $100.00 on material for the rails so making a mistake at this point would be a bodacious set back. And, I had not made this kind of cut in end grain in ages. Therefore, I decided to take my time with this process and as a result, two weeks have slipped by since my last update (I also had many non-woodworking events which kept me out of the shop). I contemplated the best way to cut the mortises in the rail end grain. It would be great if I could simply pick up an extra sharp chisel and quickly knock out the needed mortises. But I am not that good with a chisel. So, I decided to …

Tornado Bed: Getting Underway

I wonder what its like to operate a shop where lumber is at the ready. If a project suddenly appears that calls for cherry, it is on hand, ready to go. Curly maple? Got that too. Sheets of nicely veneered plywood? They’re right over there. Maybe I’ll have a shop like that some day. For me, a new project means going to the home center to sort through the available lumber for acceptable boards. On one occasion I ordered some nice mahogany from Bell Forrest Products. Several times I have purchased quarter sawn oak and curly maple at my local Woodcraft – they have a wide variety of lumber in stock, some of which are exotics, but they don’t have enough of any one species to make anything of significant size. For the Tornado Bed, I went to Lowes – they have some options that Home Depot doesn’t have. I considered oak and the really poor “Top Choice” pine, but I decided to go with their select grade pine; it is mostly clear of defects, …