Day Bed #3: More Parts

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Blog entry by Kent Shepherd posted 04-01-2010 10:22 PM 4230 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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It’s been a while since I posted anything on the day bed I built for my grandaughter. I kinda got sidetracked with other things. Thought I would share some more of the parts used in the bed. This is how I did the routing on the legs. The legs themselves are self-explanatory. Basically, I glued up two pieces to create the thickness I needed. Of course, thicker lumber would obviously work, but I already had 3/4” stock, so it made more sense to use it. Sometimes you can do the glue-up faster than you can make a trip to buy something else, and why spend the money. I may be extravagant on some of my tools, but I’m not totally stupid. If I save on material, that leaves more to support funds for my tool addiction.

I made a template to make the curves with. After bandsawing close to my line, I used the same template to route the final shape. For the most part I was good at taking pictures of each step, but I missed some here. You will have to use your imagination.

I made another template to do the inside routing. It is simpy set in from the outside edge. Then, using a round nose router bit with a template guide on a plunge router, I routed the decorative reccess.

It was a bit tricky to route in the center of the pieces. The router got too far from the edges, so I placed scraps to give support to the router base in the wider parts. This is not shown in the pictures. Now, after all the difficulty doing this, I realized after getting my Torque Work Centre how easy this step could have been.
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The top rail for the back piece is pretty simple. I laid out the shape—freehand. A little jig-sawing and sanding on my Jet spindle sander, and it’s ready to go.

I guess that’s it for now. Hopefully I didn’t loose you. Any questions? Don’t hesitate to ask.


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#1 posted 04-01-2010 10:26 PM

I like template work.

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Joe Lyddon

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#2 posted 04-01-2010 10:35 PM

... me too…

Good work!

Thank you…

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#3 posted 04-01-2010 11:43 PM

Nice progress, Kent.

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#4 posted 04-02-2010 01:05 AM

well done there , kent .
that block under the router is a good idea ,
i use it myself for that kind of thing too .

and saving some money is a great idea !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 04-10-2010 07:49 PM

Looks like you know what you are doing there Kent.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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