Making a bed. Our range of four poster beds and furniture have been developed to combine time honoured furniture making skills with strong modern fittings.
Making a bed: Confirming the Order
Our beds and furniture are made to order, to suit each customer’s requirements.
We go through all the details of the bed, including mattress depth and finish, to ensure that everything is spot on before it enters the workshop. The dimensions of any furniture is finalised, as is its finished look. This is normally all confirmed by email.
Making a bed: Preparing the timber
Once the order has entered the workshop the team can begin to prepare a cutting list, showing of the timber needed to complete the piece of furniture. From this they can begin to source appropriate planks of wood for your order.
The posts are machined to size and, depending on the style, are either turned individually on the lathe, tapered, or carved.
The panels are measured to ensure they fit in the framework perfectly. If the panels are being carved then the design is drawn on and work begins. If the panels are being beaded then the timber for the single or double beading is prepared, ready for fitting in the polishing stage.
The bed rails are cut to length and the jointing of the bed can then begin.
Making a bed: Assembling the Bed & Furniture
Each bed is put up in the workshop to ensure all of the joints fit perfectly, and to allow the support rails to be fitted in place. If the bed has a show cornice and roof canopy, it is at this point that this can all be cut to size and fixed/fitted to the bed frame.
Once the main carcass of a piece of furniture is made any drawers and doors can then be sized and fitted.
When the bed has been fully assembled and all joints checked thoroughly it can then be taken apart, ready for the sanding to begin.
Making a bed: Polishing the Bed & Furniture
Once the bed and/or furniture has been completed it is taken apart and the sanding begins. Each component is sanded by hand and is then ready for the polishing process.
The polishing process varies, depending on the colour and finish chosen. If the timber is to be darkened, then a water based stain is applied.
Once the stain is applied, the process of lacquering the timber begins. If a painted finish has been chosen then the polishing process starts with layers of primer being applied, before it is finished with top coats of the chosen colour.
The polishing process takes a great deal of time, given the number of processes involved. It finishes the furniture beautifully and shows off the design to its fullest.