Kirk’s Lodge Pole Pine Head Board

This is a log bed that was requested by a friend for a Christmas gift for his wife. We hand fitted all joints, no round joints were used. The joints were cut using square mortise and tenon style joints and then hand fitted as tight as possible. It was requested that I not make a standard ladder style bed as they are common.

The actual procurement and hunt for the logs for this head board proved to be more of a challenge than anticipated. We logged nearly 100 miles of dirt roads looking for something that fit our size range and was still usable. We saw LOTS of arched trees but for numerous reasons had to keep looking. This one is actually hollow over the left side of the arch as you face the bed, which is why we had to trip the upright slightly to get it into a solid area to glue and secure it.


  1. Thomas G. Kaiser March 24, 2013

    I make boards out of logs, but have not made any thing with the logs them selfs. This may come up and I don’t think it will be something as big as a bed frame but who knows. Very nice, nice to see something from the woods. I hope your friend enjoys it.

  2. That’s really nice, but I don’t think I like that smaller 3rd branch in the middle of the headboard.

  3. That’s a very cool bed.

  4. This is not my furniture style, but if I had a log cabin, this would be my first choice. Great job…

  5. Pat March 29, 2013

    Kirk, I like it. Especially like the curved rail. So where did you find the wood? Was it just laying there or did you have to cut it down? Curious because I’d like to do something like this but haven’t decided if I should just take freshly fallen trees that fit my needs or not. Not sure who might ‘own’ it now for example. I suppose if its just laying there no one should care but you never know. Good work though

    • Kirk Henrichs April 8, 2013

      This is to Pat, I had to take live trees and then had to let them dry to reduce the cracking and checking. I had to spray them down with water once a week while they cured. I used a draw knife to peel the bark and then used a recip saw to cut basic tenon shapes, after that I used a 4 inch grinder with a carbide shaping disc to finish the fit of the joints. The problem with using wood that is down already is that it may full of bugs, pine beatles plague the forests here, the other problem is that once the tree is down, it tends to soak up a lot of moisture and are full of rot. A live tree works much better, I cut all pieces long and then cut them to a final dimension after removing the worst of the cracked ends.

      • Pat April 18, 2013

        Tom, thanks for the extra info. I wouldn’t have thought about the issue of pine beatles but I would only try to use freshly fallen trees (ie storm damage). I did some research and its against our state forest rules to even take fallen trees except to use in the forest for camp fires. I think I can get a permit though.

        • Pat April 18, 2013

          Sorry, I meant Kirk.

  6. Danny H. March 30, 2013

    Nice work Kirk. Many years ago I made several pieces of furniture from peeler core logs . I made a jig to make the logs perfectly round with a router. One was a bunk bed that my children used for many years. When it came time to sell it , some one who had a log cabin was delighted to have it .

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