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Mo's Bed

  • January 21, 2017

Emaschue
Emaschue
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Emaschue

It was her idea. "Why don't you just make us a bed?" We just got married, and we were going through that glorious time where we spend all our money on things that we may or may not use forever when we decided to do something particularly special.
I thought it was a brilliant idea and a good challenge.
The bed would be in ours for years to come, and honestly, looking at it in our room now, I am so glad to have given us something unique and from our my own hands.
It is a farm house style bed frame. There is a head board, foot board, two side boards, and a middle support underneath. It has a Red Chestnut finish with a couple coats of semigloss polyurethane.
I was initially surprised at how heavy it was, but this only confirmed how sturdy it would be. The head board and side boards are fit together with mortise and tenon joints reinforced by a couple of bolts on each corner on the inside (so you cant see them)
To top it off, my brother is learning ancient Greek, and there is a line in the Odyssey when Odysseus' wife tries to test him to see if he really is who she says he is. She tells him that she can move his bed outside the room until she figures it out. This is the test. Odysseus carved the bed out of an olive tree and built the house around it so he he yells,
There is our pact and pledge, our secret sign,
built into that bed—my handiwork
and no one else’s!
So I had him carve it into the side boards. Wicked right!
Anyway. Thanks for looking.

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Mo's Bed

by Emaschue
Jan 21, 2017

It was her idea. "Why don't you just make us a bed?" We just got married, and we were going through that glorious time where we spend all our money on things that we may or may not use forever when we decided to do something particularly special. I thought it was a brilliant idea and a good challenge. The bed would be in ours for years to come, and honestly, looking at it in our room now, I am so glad to have given us something unique and from our my own hands. It is a farm house style bed frame. There is a head board, foot board, two side boards, and a middle support underneath. It has a Red Chestnut finish with a couple coats of semigloss polyurethane. I was initially surprised at how heavy it was, but this only confirmed how sturdy it would be. The head board and side boards are fit together with mortise and tenon joints reinforced by a couple of bolts on each corner on the inside (so you cant see them) To top it off, my brother is learning ancient Greek, and there is a line in the Odyssey when Odysseus' wife tries to test him to see if he really is who she says he is. She tells him that she can move his bed outside the room until she figures it out. This is the test. Odysseus carved the bed out of an olive tree and built the house around it so he he yells, There is our pact and pledge, our secret sign, built into that bed—my handiwork and no one else’s! So I had him carve it into the side boards. Wicked right! Anyway. Thanks for looking.