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mission bed
making a Mission Bed
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After the client and I discussed the styling, type of wood to use, and the terms, the first step was to purchase the lumber. I chose Bonhoff lumber in Los Angeles due to the large selection and reasonable prices. I arrived at about 10 in the morning and asked for three thicknesses of cherry: 4/4 (1" or 25mm), 6/4 (1 1/2" or 38mm), and 12/4 (3" or 76mm). It certainly is not the prettiest of places, but they do have a wonderful selection of wood. arrival at the lumber yard
Bonhoff stacks the lumber nearly to the top of their warehouse. Although it's an efficient use of space, access to the material relies on their remarkable forklift driver, Phil. He can pull out a stack of wood three rows in, in a matter of minutes. In this picture, Phil is moving some beautiful quartersawn wood. Phil pulls out the lumber that you are looking for
Once you have access to the boards, it takes quite a long time sifting through what they have available. I needed about 80 board feet for this project - it's going to be a very heavy bed! A high percentage of the boards had sapwood (lighter color just beneath the bark of the tree) and it took a long time sorting through. I was also looking for wood free from defects and knots, and ones that were of like color. After a couple of hours, I took a break for lunch. By the time I was finished, I had spent a total of 5 hours! sorting through the boards is time consuming
When you are done, Phil comes by with his calculating stick and figures how much lumber you pulled (and in concert with industry standard, rounding up whenever possible). I was buying wood for the bed and another project I am working on (a table) but about 3/4 of the material is designated for the bed. The total was $760! Click the image to see a larger view of the receipt. yikes: $760!
I paid attention not to get a splinter and not to strain my back lifting all those boards, but just after i paid and sat in the truck, somehow my shorts ripped! to add insult to injury, my pants ripped after paying that huge sum
I stacked the wood on 'stickers' in the workshop. The space between the wood ensures that there is sufficient airflow around all of the boards; this helps to minimize cupping, bowing and warping. the boards are spaced apart to minimize warping
The 3" (75mm) thick board is being stored on a wall shelf. This orientation allows air to flow around the entire board and prevent excessive warping. the 3 inch (75mm) thick board is stored on a wall shelf
Here are the four posts of the bed cut out of the huge board shown above. The two longer ones will be used for the headboard and the shorter ones for the footboard. bed posts in their rough state

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