I laid out all the head/foot mortises and cut them all. What I hadn’t paid attention to was that on the foot, the footboard only goes partway across—then it is open for the ladder access. Oops.
So I scoured around for the leg cutoffs and fixed ‘em!
-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"