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Mission Oak Queen Bed

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 This project was for one of my good customers who has since moved to Colorado. She wanted a queen size Mission Oak bed from a picture in a JC penney catalog showing bedding but I could only see less than half the picture and had to develop the rest of the look. It is made from red oak and finished with Zar #120 Teak Natural stain and sprayed with Watco clear lacquer. It has 90 square spindles and steel lock brackets in the posts to lock the rails. I had to stand on top of the deck to rout the ends of the rails for the hook brackets becasue I don't have a horizontal router. The cross braces have feet on them for center support of the mattress which makes if very solid.
 
 This is the only place I had in the basement big enough to set this up for a picture.
 
 The one thing she wanted was to have it match the wood in a very old nightstand which was red oak with hickory pulls. So the top caps of the post on this bed are hickory . I had to take the 85" rails to a friend's shop to run through his Jointer because all I had at the time was 24" long one. I now have a 55" Grizzly jointer!!
 
 The one real hectic moment was getting all the spindles to fit into the head board and foot board rails during the gluing process. I did stain all the spindles and rails before installing them to save having to stain in all those corners.
 
 She was totally happy with it!.
 ..................Jim Jakosh

 
Looks great,  Very nice build.
I'll bet that was a hectic glue up.  
Nice looking bed set up.

Figuring out how to do something you have never done is what makes a good challenge.

nice work jim.

working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

Great looking bed, a lot of detail work went into this. Excellent job !!!
Wonderful craftsmanship Jim, it looks great. That is a glue up that one has to plan out, maybe a trial run without glue.

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Thank you all for the nice comments on the bed. I was like one armed paper hanger getting all the spindles in place before all the glue dried.

cheers, Jim