Saturday, December 18, 2010

Hing's Bed

This bed was designed by Hing Yeung, shoe designer by trade but designer of space and furniture on the side. Hing found me through Craigslist I think, I can't remember now for sure, and convinced me to build this bed for him, which required the drilling of some 2000 holes or so. It was by far the most challenging project I've taken on yet. One of the biggest challenges was figuring how to build it in such a way that it could be taken apart, since Hing's loft lacks a cargo elevator, and not show any fasteners. All of the fasteners (screws) are inside, and must be fastened while lying on one's back, reaching under the inner frame. Putting it together is hardly an exercise in elegance, but the finished product is pretty striking. It's now a part of Hing's incredible loft in downtown Long Beach.

Thanks to John Douglas, who took all of the pictures of me working on the bed, and Chad Cress, who took all of the really good pictures of the bed in Hing's loft.

More Stools

I had some downtime and built some more child step stools. I used two different approaches- the first one here is like the last, with hidden mortise and tenon joints. The second employed dovetail joints. The first one has some particularly incredible wood.

Rosewood Bed

This bed is notable because it's in rosewood, which I had previously never used before and which looks really gorgeous, and because it ended up in this incredible loft in Los Angeles. Also, I used a mortise and tenon on each corner, which really locked the whole thing together, made it easier to assemble, and relieved the metal brackets of some of the workload, I think.
Note Luke, my son and bed installation assistant extraordinaire, in the foreground.