Log beds are a category of rustic furniture created using whole log pieces. These pieces are first treated and measured, aligning them to fit together to form a bed structure. This work of art has been passed down from many generations; the expertise is a family secret. Some useful steps in making log beds will make the process easy to understand and carry out at home.
The 3-S preparation process:
- The selection of log pieces to make a log bed is a tricky task, requiring a good vision and foresight. There are a lot of calculations needed to ensure the pieces create synergy to form the log bed. While selecting the logs, they need to be free of pits, burrs and other imperfections. The weight and strength needs to assessed, calculating what each piece will contribute to the finished log bed.
- Before the staining, the wood needs to be wiped off of dirt and dust. Wood conditioner, easily available at stores, will be required to soak the logs. The logs when soaked in the wood conditioner will get rid of burrs. Next, the staining will require impeccable precision. Movement and motion of application will determine the perfect wood staining. Over lapping or double coating will result in uneven finish. For a beautifully stained log, apply the stain generously and then wipe it off. The log then must dry overnight and cleaned again thoroughly in the morning. After cleaning, give it more time to dry properly
- The final but most important step is to seal the log, ready for making the log bed. The log as yet is not fit to endure outdoor conditions or wear and tear over time. Applying a layer of polyurethane will create a seal over the logs, making sure it is suited to stand the test of time!
Calculate with caution
Once the steps above, are followed to perfection, the log bed will come out looking professional and beautiful. As you reap what you sow, when good finished logs will be used to construct the log bed, the finished product will reflect the hard work of the process. Before construction, multiple calculations are needed, to ensure perfection. Blue prints are a good idea to eliminate the margin of error.
Lack of experience may be hazardous
For people having no prior experience in wood crafting, should refer to a good book, workshop, or take a session with a carpenter. Dealing with tools is a technical and dangerous task, without command over the tools; you may end up getting an injury. The logs, so carefully selected, stained and sealed will also go to waste if the construction part is not thought of. Therefore it would be beneficial, to acquire some training or coaching before beginning with the construction part.
Many online sites offer over the internet classes through interactive sessions. Various video streaming sites also have options to search from. Enroll in a few sessions, to learn basics and then design and build your very own log bed!