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Oak bed

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This bed is made mostly from very old oak joists which were found in a portacabin by builders redeveloping a brownfield site in Portishead. They gave them to Bristol Wood Recycling Project and then I bought them. They were full of handmade iron nails and are so heavy that when I planed them I could barely lift them onto the planing machine. There are, apparently, some downsides to being a five foot two woman. There wasn’t enough of the joists to build the whole bed, so some of it is English Oak from Interesting Timbers. The bed slats are made from pine and western red cedar. The design is influenced by the techniques used in traditional British oak timber framed barns and houses.


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