Re: [MedievalSawdust] Rope bed
- Well it's not nearly as pretty as Bayard's or as historically accurate
as Bayard's but it is done. This is a twin sized bed frame based VERY
LOOSELY on the Byzantine rope bed. At least it functions the same way.
Corner posts are 4x4 fir. The rails are 1.75" hand-railing (yes there
are flats) and the head and foot boards 1x6 and 1x8. The headboard was
added simply to keep the pillow from walling off or bumping into wet
canvas on a rainy night. Took 100 ft of rope to lace it. I'm thinking
about adding a boat cleat someplace inconspicuous so the tension rope
can be easily cinched down and anchored.
Comments and critiques welcome (warning, pictures may be large) and
sorry about the poor background. It was dark by the time I got it laced
On 7/24/2010 9:34 AM, Ron wrote:
> My apologies if this appears twice. I sent it last night, but don't see it in the messages.
> Sean asked recently about the rope bed from the ivory carving at the Victoria and Albert museum. I built my version a few weeks ago, and have posted several pictures in my Photo folder (Bayard's Work).
> I made mine in ash. I turned the legs with a square section to receive a through mortise from the longer side rails on one face, and a 1" diameter hole on the other face for the round tenon on the end rails. I turned the end rails with coves to hold the ropes at the correct spacing, but used a rectangular section with rounded-over corners for the side rails. The shape is stronger in bending, and I wanted the ropes to be able to slide along the length when tightening. I didn't include a dowel between the main weave of ropes and the tightening rope, but it seems to work well without it.
> The whole thing breaks down into 8 pieces, which I carry in a Panther tent pole bag. I've had it out at one camping event and got a number of positive comments. One family wanted to know if the posts could be modified to make a bunk bend.