Whispering Woodworks

Charleston Carved Tall Post Bed
This king size carved tall post bed features many of the classical design elements found in Federal beds from the Charleston, South Carolina area - including: the ornate hand turned posts which are shaped on the lathe,  the hand carved leaves and reeding,  the headboard and the molded side and footboard rails. The foot section of the posts featured a carved and molded spade foot which tapers gradually to the floor.  The two foot posts feature a figured mahogany inlay surrounded by a maple stringing on the outside corners. The bed is constructed from solid mahogany in a very traditional manner with mortise and tenon joinery, bed bolts to connect the rails to the posts, and bed irons to support box spring.  The brass bed bolt covers are imported from England and patterned after original period molds. The bed is shown with select ribbon mahogany for the rails and headboard. The headboard shown is done in a style typical of the federal period. Other headboard designs are available with and without carvings. In addition a metal platform box spring support system (shown below) is available as an option for queen sized beds and required for king size beds to support the box springs.

The use of another wood, such as walnut, tiger maple or cherry would make a very beautiful piece as well.  The bed size, style, wood selection, and coloring can be customized to suit the customer's requirements.   

Solid mahogany construction - select ribbon mahogany for the rails and headboard.
Hand turned posts  - other designs available.
Hand carved reeding and leaf details on the posts.
Scrolled headboard - available in many styles
Secret document box behind headboard.
The height of the bed, mattress size and headboard designs can all be specified by the customer.
Rails joined to the posts with traditional bed bolts - bolt covers are available in a wide variety of styles and finishes.
Bed bolt wrench included to allow periodic tightening of the joints as the humidity changes.
All joinery is mortise and tenon.
This bed was stained an antique mahogany color, finished with a hand rubbed varnish -  then buffed and waxed to a satiny sheen
Other woods, styles and finishes are available.

Detail views of the carved posts and foot inlay.

Detail view of the headboard.

Optional metal box spring support frame for queen sized beds - required with King sized beds

Detail view of the secret document box behind the headboard.