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    Hi,
    This question doesn't fit into any category.
    Many of you are fine woodworkers as well as carvers, judging from the photos of the studios I've seen.
    I plan to carve and build a queen size bed for my daughter this winter out of basswood mostly. I have found a picture of one I like on the following link, but it's someone else's "for sale" item and I don't feel comfortable asking them for the plans.
    http://www.norskwoodworks.com/norskbeds.shtml

    Do any of you know of specific books, or web sites that I can choose a plan from to build a bed? My woodworking skills are limitied, but I can do mortise and tenon joints pretty well by hand. No dovetail skills at all.
    Thanks if you can help.
    Thor
    Steve

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    Re: woodworking plans for carved bed?

    Thor,

    I would think this would be just mortise and tenon no dovetails required. Of course you would probably have to glue up(join) the head and foot pieces in order to give you a large working surface.
    I wish I had plans to pass you but unfortunately I do not, so i will be just relegated to be an envoius bystander on this one. Can't wait to see the progress on this one!
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      Re: woodworking plans for carved bed?

      Thor- The plans I have in mind are exactly that in my head. The last bed I built was three years ago and it would be perfect for you. It was a mission style which more or less is all mortise and tenon. I will see what I can draw up. What size bed are you looking for? Ron

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        Re: woodworking plans for carved bed?

        THor , take a look around this site, one thing though, "Free" doesn't always mean no cost, a lot of times it means pay for the plan and the downloading is free.Smile
        http://www.freeww.com/beds.html
        Might be something you can just add a carving ot two .
        This one might be two small but it is free.Smile
        http://www.popularwoodworking.com/fe...ea.asp?id=1203

        Just remembered someone was on this board and was showing a bed he made from diamond willow , maybe you can do a search here for it.

        Cheers.

        OG

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        • #5
          Re: woodworking plans for carved bed?

          Thanks to both of you. I'll check those links out. The bed will be queen size.
          The reason I don't want to try to design it myself is because I don't see any reason to re-invent the bed. My mistakes might be too expensive to finish the project.
          I have found plans and "altered" them to suit my needs before. I built a cart with wooden wheels to carry heavy stuff, and the original one was too high up and was defeating the purpose of carrying stuff if I couldn't lift it up there by myself. I attached an image of it. I am carving some corner braces for it to make it more decorative.
          Thor
          Steve

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            Re: woodworking plans for carved bed?

            Wow Thor , you amaze me. Nice Cart.!

            very medival !

            Ash

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            • #7
              Re: woodworking plans for carved bed?

              Really a neat cart. With just a little modification you could hook a donkey to it and you wouldn't have to push or pull it.
              All joking aside it really is nice. Would like to have it in my yard to sit my wife's potted plants on.
              Garon

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                Re: woodworking plans for carved bed?

                Thor,
                Very cool cart!
                I'd suggest going crazy on the bed, doing something awesome, like horsehead posts or angel posts, something she'll bee awe-struck by and cherish the rest of her life! Maybe herons for posts. And a heron with its' wings spread in the middle of the footboard. Go wild!
                Wade

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                • #9
                  Re: woodworking plans for carved bed?

                  Thanks for the comments.
                  My daughter has chosen that the design be an early representation of the tree of life with all of the elements of earth represented....insects, mammals, fish, fruit, reptiles, birds (especially birds since she intends on studying avian science for her master's degree).
                  She liked the design I did on a basswood box, and wants me to eleborate on it.
                  I will attach a photo of that carving just for fun. It was one of my favorites.
                  The bed design is my concern, and I do want it to last forever...well, a long time anyway.

                  I got up the nerve to e-mail to the Norsk site and ask if I could purchase the plans for the bed, but I haven't heard back.

                  It looks to me like their beds are all very thick basswood. I have a source for it about an hour's drive away. That would work. My brother has a shop where I can glue up the large expance of carving space I'll need. I really can't wait to begin.

                  Oh, and thanks for the comments on the cart. I thought you might enjoy that. The wheels have a pylwood hub with pine around it, and they took me over a month to build. The cart took one more day. We have carried over 300 pounds of stuff in it over a rough dirt road, and use it a lot at medieval events. It gets its picture taken a lot, because it adds so much authenticity to the mood.

                  I checked out the sites for beds, and didn't see anything that would be a good plan to carve, but the construction tutorials were helpful.

                  Thor
                  Steve

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                  • #10
                    Re: woodworking plans for carved bed?

                    Thor,
                    The Tree of Life is a wonderful idea, especially hearing her love of it and nature!
                    Wade

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                    • #11
                      Re: woodworking plans for carved bed?

                      Hi Thor! I think tha a company called Smoke and Fire may have what you are looking for. They sell to the re-enactment community. Also you may want to check some of the SCA pages. I think I have seen some of your work in the SCA pages I think it was current middle ages or something like that.
                      If not try JAS Townson and Sons.

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                        Re: woodworking plans for carved bed?

                        Hi Justanick,
                        Thanks for the links. I haven't found a good bed design for what I need except the one on the Norsk site that I mentioned, (I am trying for something a bit more permanent than a camp bed this time), but I have sure enjoyed the sites. I hadn't been on either one of them before.

                        Another re-enactor huh? I do SCA, but not much lately, as I've been working 7 days a week since June. Carving is my only escape now. I'm thankful for it too.
                        Thor
                        Steve

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                        • #13
                          Re: woodworking plans for carved bed?

                          Thor, the cart is great, so is the Tree of Life!! I can't wait to see the bed, your daughter must be thrilled! Callynne

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                            Re: woodworking plans for carved bed?

                            Hi Thor, here's an idea I use often when I want to build furniture. Go to furniture stores, antique shops, etc find something that is close to what you're looking for. Take all the pictures you want to see the construction, joints, etc. Take out your handy-dandy tape measure, notebook, and stubby pencil and take measures, notes, etc and you're all set.

                            If anyone questions what you're doing, you're taking pictures to see if the color/style match your decor and measurements to see if it will fit where you want it.

                            For a free medival bed plan, this might help. I don't think it is exactly what you want, but it might help with period type joints. http://www.medievalwood.org/charles/bed.html

                            For anyone interested http://www.medievalwood.org/charles/ has a few free medival plans.

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