Crib #2: Curve patterns

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Blog entry by Ivan posted 01-20-2012 03:57 PM 4857 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: First Blog for my soon to be here Daughter Part 2 of Crib series Part 3: Joinery layout and spindle stock »

I was able to get my curve patterns cut and faired last night. I’m debating on how to cut the mortises for the top arch since it is 2” at the centerline my router bits won’t reach, let alone with a ply jig in between. I was thinking of maybe cutting a groove and then just inserting spacers, since it will be mortised into the legs, so the top arch should not move and even with the weaker end grain glue, it will still be strong enough for the application. A slot mortiser sure would be nice, I have the plans from Mathias on how to make my own, if only I had the time…

My issue with the top is that it is an 8/4 piece that I need to cut the top and bottom out of AND my jointer is no where near wide enough to take the little twist out. BUT in order to get BOTH pieces out I need to basically cut it along the arch and then trim and dress the pieces, I cant get the two if I rip it down the middle to have straight sides, so I have to figure a way to cut mortises on a curved face…

On the front / side rails I have a 1” arch, so this could be cut with a router, or maybe use my mortiser and cut them prior to cutting the arches so everything is square.

Still debating on how I want to attach the sides, I’m leaning towards bed bolts, Lee valley has some nice ones that don’t use hex nuts, but use barrel nuts, so on the outside I can just have the brass showing. I was thinking about using little plugs to cover them, but they could pose a choking hazard, unless I glue them in and make them look like G&G square pegs? I don’t know, they are on order so we will see when they get here.

So that wraps up last nights progress, I did get another coat of Waterlox on the dining room bench, looks like it’ll need another tonight…

-- "Do it right the first time, you'll just kick yourself later..."

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#1 posted 01-21-2012 01:55 AM

I’d definitely do the mortises before the curves. If your router won’t clear it all, there’s always the drill press + chisels option.

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