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Old 08-23-2011, 01:17 PM   #5311
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I could just feel the bed balanced as you went to the other side to let it down when you turned it over. I hadn't thought about trying to bring a bed that size over from the main land. I bet that mattress was a bear to handle alone.
I cheated on the mattress Jim...it came over in four different bags.

We got the thick foam for the bottom in two pieces, then the memory foam and the latex in another two bags. The guys at the store double bagged everything for me.

It all made it quite intact. I don't see any way we could bring over a one piece K.S. mattress, just too big.

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Jim, here's the support I rigged up to go under the center of the platform.
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A second coat of varnish this morning has improved the appearance of the wood. Still blotchy which is characteristic of arbutus.
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Wow, that is beautiful. When a shiny finish is used you can see all imperfections or the lack of imperfections and I don't see a single one anywhere, you are good buddy. I like your support, that will work great.

4 Bags is for sure easier to handle, we have a KS and it takes an act of congress to move that bad boy. (hmmm maybe act of congress is a bad choice of words) If your memory foam is like the one we have in out little camper you won't get cold this winter, that thing gets hot in the summer also.
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If (God Forbid) your boat ever sunk to the bottom of the bay you could paddle that mattress across the water if need be.
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If it took an act of congress to move that bad boy, it would never get moved.
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Wow, that is beautiful. When a shiny finish is used you can see all imperfections or the lack of imperfections and I don't see a single one anywhere, you are good buddy. I like your support, that will work great.

4 Bags is for sure easier to handle, we have a KS and it takes an act of congress to move that bad boy. (hmmm maybe act of congress is a bad choice of words) If your memory foam is like the one we have in our little camper you won't get cold this winter, that thing gets hot in the summer also.
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The additional layer of perforated latex foam which goes on top of the memory foam is supposed to moderate the temperature. Warmer in winter and cooler in summer.

I guess when I have a few more coats of varnish on I can put the mattress together and let you know if they were kidding me or not.

For the price, it had better be "NOT".
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Ours don't have the latex foam rubber on top, I can see where that would make the difference. Even without the latex they are proud of their mattresses.

Bud, you got that right about the congress, the low down sorry bunch of ...
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We got the thick foam for the bottom in two pieces, then the memory foam and the latex in another two bags. The guys at the store double bagged everything for me.
This bed is starting to sound dangerous - once you sink down into that mattress you may lose the will to ever get up again.
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Of course, the alternative to politicians getting nothing done is for them to start actually DOING STUFF, and that rarely turns out well either.
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I love the look of the wood grain and the finish is beautiful. Keep up the good work! Thanks for posting the pics.
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This bed is starting to sound dangerous - once you sink down into that mattress you may lose the will to ever get up again.
Dammit...I was hoping nobody would catch on to my plan...
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I love the look of the wood grain and the finish is beautiful. Keep up the good work! Thanks for posting the pics.
Thanks Barb: I'm using Helmsman Spar Urethane, please note they don't have the word "varnish" in the product name.

Remember the Behr varnish story awhile ago - not being made any more.

When I first dipped a brush into this stuff, it had all the viscosity of water, so I thought how good could this possibly be?

Well, I still don't have the answer to that, but I have found one positive side effect and that is the drying time. Four hours to touch and 6 hours to re-coat. Gotta like that.

I did the third coat this afternoon and I can get one more on around 10 tonight. So, when I get up in the morning it might be in useable shape. Surprisingly, the third coat has eliminated all the dry spots on the arbutus. It has a habit of doing that due to the crazy grain directions in the wood.

I will say that the Behr varnish would sometimes take 4 or 5 coats to get rid of the end grain problem.
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It is high time that the corner post and end railing got finished, sooo....

In order to mark the locations for the holes in the corner post - I needed some solid rod so I could find the exact points to drill.

I'm not sure if the photo is self explanatory or not, but I used two pieces of stainless steel welding rod (gotta be stainless, nothing else could possibly work!) and pushed the business end up against the corner post to locate the precise point.
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