Mortises-Tenons-and Dado's Oh My.....

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Blog entry by Bob Kollman posted 08-29-2010 08:14 AM 5832 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Three weeks ago I started building a bed for my son the all star werestler. About once every 2 years for

the past 6 years, John and his freind Desmond will manage to kill a matress-box spring- and frame. I will

not picture the carniage…I figured to build one they can’t break (easily anyway), thinking it wasn’t that

much wood (wrong), and it would only take 2 weekends (wrong).

Their are 2 stars to this project the first being my mortise jig. The jig is a simple peice of lexan with two

adjustable boards that allow me to slide my router up and down a board to make a simple mortice.

The next is my dadoing cross cut sled, that made the tenons. The cross cut sled made it really easy to

hold a 60” board and slide it across the table saw effortlessly. The jig on the left!!!!

The dado jig also made simple work of creating a spindle spacer inserts for the head and foot board.

As you see in the next picture I simply dadoed out the center of some 6/4 stock (2 glued 3/4 pieces)

and inserted my spacer piece for the spindles.

At this point I have the dry fit to cut my spindles to length, and I will spend the next week or more

sanding and finishing before final assembaly. Lots of sanding 72 spindles, 4 pieces for the foot board

5 pieces for the headboard, and the 2 side rails.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

10 comments so far

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#1 posted 08-29-2010 01:33 PM

That’s going to be a very sturdy bed when you get through. Sounds like your jigs proved themselves on this project.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 08-29-2010 04:11 PM

looking good man

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#3 posted 08-29-2010 05:21 PM

Greetings Bob,
Looking good so far on the bed…lots of work in making one of those, but I like a challenge like that..
But a question: Wouldn’t it have been easier AND cheaper just to buy them a wrestling mat?
They could use it outside and save the wear and tear on the new bed….... lol.

-- " At my age, happy hour is a crap and a nap".....

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#4 posted 08-29-2010 06:33 PM


Outside? Outside is not air conditioned…..Outside? It has dirt…

Welcome to the x-box generation!!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#5 posted 08-29-2010 10:10 PM

Are you teaching your all star wrestler any woodworking skills? Isn’t he old enough to build his own bed? That way he’ll have a better appreciation of the work involved.

-- Accuracy is not in your power tool, it's in you

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#6 posted 08-30-2010 02:36 AM

Make the frame out of cinder blocks…it would be the last bed they’d break

-- Sometimes the creative process requires foul language. -- Charles Neil

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#7 posted 08-30-2010 09:49 PM

hey bob,
i would be cheaper to get a new son. lol

if you make him do all the sanding and the finishing, maybe he will respect it more, since he would then have a vested interest.

project looking good so far (as all your other projects always have).


-- where to go because you don't want no stinking plastic!

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#8 posted 08-31-2010 01:57 AM

poured cement .
the only way to go with boys !

looking god there bob ,

and great jigs to speed up the work .

looking good .

-- 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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#9 posted 08-31-2010 07:31 AM

A cement bed has the overwelming vote, I guess I should have preposted

this project. Well Russ, all that’s left is sanding, I better put the boy to work!!

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#10 posted 11-30-2010 08:18 PM

That looks good.

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