One of my very first woodworking projects was a king-size bed frame. Made from Hard Maple and Douglas Fir, there wasn’t a single proper joint init. Just glue, screws and corner brackets. I built it over a couple of weekends from dimensional lumber (my only woodworking tool at that point being a miter saw). I recall it being much too tall. Between frame, box spring and mattress, it was probably 38″ off the ground. Getting in and out of bed was a minor acrobatic feat.
But, god damn, was I proud of that bed frame. the design sprang from my mind and was made reality by my own hands. Little did I know it would be the first step down a figurative rabbit hole of my newest (and current) obsession.
Alas, the bed did not survive one of my moves. It was permanently disassembled back in 2014 and, since then, pieces (like the stretchers) were re-purposed for other furniture projects. And all along, the main pieces of the frame (four hard maple 5/4 x 8’s, each over six feet long) sat in the corner. Too slathered in dark stain and polyurethane to ever be useful, I thought.
With Spring now sprung, it’s time for serious woodworking again. Those four hard maple 5/4 x 8’s are now eight hard maple 5/4 x 4’s. And they are quickly becoming ready for laminating. Probably into into a single 40 x 16 slab to form the top of a sharpening/grinding station. But, for now, I’ll leave them at full length and see how thick the final lamination can be.
And the great circle of life begins anew.