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  1. Woohoo! I was commenting to my wife recently that I wanted to build a headboard and frame for our bed, and you kind folks post this project. We’ve loved all of Paul’s designs so far, can’t wait to dig in to this one.

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  3. When I saw the bed head in the background I thought it was wood held together with blue plastic screws. I thought you were loosing the plot Paul. I really like the concept, Thick solid bottom frame and sides do it for me. Thanks again Paul.

  4. I’m building a baby crib for my expecting wife. The posts, stiles, and rails are oak. I wanted a darker wood for the raised panels and slats to contrast the oak. I made the mistake of sale shopping and purchased Cumaru. The main structure was done completely my hand. Rip sawing 6/4 oak to width didn’t pose a problem although it took time to cut about 80 feet of it. I even hand shaped the rear top rail with no problem. When it came to ripping the 4/4 Cumaru, I felt defeated. I did manage to rip one slat but it was like sawing concrete. When it came to planing and squaring the saw kerf, it was a complete failure. I could get two or three decent passes and then the iron was shot. I sharpened up, tested on the oak, and it would plane smooth as glass. Switched back over to the Cumaru and made a few passes, the iron was beat. Defeated, I had to switch to a table saw – baby is coming in a few weeks.

    My question is, Is there a Janka hardness that Paul won’t work above? Thinking about economy of energy and excessive wear on tools…

  5. Timothy,

    It’s not just the Janka hardness. Cumaru also has interlocking grain and a high silica content. The wood is in the realm of Ipe and is often used as a substitute for lignum vitae. Hard, tough stuff.
    Anybody who works this stuff commercially will break out the carbide power tools and belt sanders. Working it by hand with O1 edge tools is just asking for frustration.

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