Tapered Octagonal Bedposts

This is actually a follow-up to my recent post, Shaping And Turning A Tapered Table Leg. I am currently working on a queen-size bed in mesquite and figured walnut where I am employing the same techniques in making the bedposts as I used in creating the tapered table legs. Just hoping to show that these methods have broader applications. Here is a view of the footboard.


After completing the headboard posts I will cap all of them with an ebony finial.

footboard1The walnut panels come from lumber I was able to acquire at a local mill. Apparently the walnut tree was blown over during Hurricane Ike. I think these woods are going to be pretty gorgeous once the finish is applied.

Here is a recap of how I made the mesquite octagonal bedposts.

I did the turned elements first before creating the tapered octagon. This way I had more meat on the bedposts during the turning process which made for a little less flexing and vibration on the lathe.

Next I use a pattern to lay out curved tapers on one face of each bedpost.

I carefully bandsaw to the two lines I have drawn. Then I masking tape the waste pieces back to the post, turn it 90 degrees to the face I just cut, lay out my pattern again and bandsaw to these new lines.

I now have bedposts tapered on four faces. Here is how a post looks after I clean up the bandsaw marks with a spokeshave and scrapers.

Placing a post in V blocks, I clamp it to my work bench and create four more tapered facets using hand planes, spoke shave, and a scraper. I go back and forth between two adjacent edges until I get facets that look equal in size to the eye.

Here is a completed octagonal tapered post awaiting an ebony finial that will be attached to its top.

Here is the bed, finished and ready to deliver!

For more about this bed see A Four Poster Bed In Mesquite & Texas Walnut.

To see more of my hand made furniture, please visit My Furniture Gallery. You can also go to my Website to see even more.


Filed under Louis Fry Furniture, Works In Progress

2 responses to “Tapered Octagonal Bedposts

  1. Pingback: Shaping And Turning A Tapered Table Leg « Louis Fry's Blog

  2. Pingback: A Four Poster Bed In Mesquite & Texas Walnut « Louis Fry's Blog

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