The end assemblies are made the same way as the head board assembly. You can refer to the pictures in blog #3.
Step 1. After cutting the pieces for the end assemblies to finished size, I laid out the slats and doweled them to the bottom and top boards. The bottom board and slats are glued, but the wide top board and slats are not; again, I had to remember to work from the center out.
Step 2. The next step was to cut the curve on the bottom of the top board. I marked the center of the board and lined it up with the center of the smaller jig. I traced the curve on the board and cut close to the line with a jig saw. I then clamped the board to the jig and routed it to the curve on the jig. Before I cut the board, I drilled the dowel holes deeper to mark where the slats would be.
Step 3. I then had to figure out the length of the slats. I did this by laying out where the legs went and moved the top board down 2 ½” from the top of the legs and marked where the slats hit the top board.
Step 4. I was able to slide the slats into the smaller jig and mark the contour on each slat. I used the jigsaw to cut off close to the lines. I then lined up the marks with the jig and routed the slats flush with the jig.
Step 5. After that, I glued the slats to the top board – the jig allowed me to get a nice fit.
Step 6. After the sub assembly was dry, I doweled the short leg to the top and bottom boards. The longer leg is attached to the end assemblies with threaded inserts and connector bolts.
The top caps, bent moldings and trim pieces were glued up using the two jigs.
The headboard assembly will need one top cap, two pieces of bent molding, and two trim pieces. The end assemblies will need just top caps.
I am in the process of attaching these pieces to the headboard and end assemblies.
After this is done, I will finish sanding all the assemblies and bore all the holes for the connector bolts, threaded inserts and cross dowels.
I also need to make the guard rail for the toddler bed and the bed rails and slats for the full size bed.
-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa