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Crib #3: Completing the headboard

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Blog entry by RenB posted 03-23-2018 12:40 AM 311 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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At this point I have all the arches cut out except for the small molding piece. Now I just need to cut their length down and add the chamfer in the larger molding

I used the router table to cut the chamfer on the large molding. I did shallow passes and used wooden screw clamps to increase the base of the arch and keep it from tipping, seeing as the base was getting narrower with each pass.
I then started laying out the pieces together to find the exact length of the arches.

I used my domino to temporarily attach the main pieces of the back and then I clamped the arches together making sure that they were centered. That way the seams look nice and symmetrical. After getting my lengths marked I would use the template that I first used to cut the arches out. With the arches and template nested together I could then use a square to cut the ends of the arch vertically. After the first arch was set I would move on to the next one and build up the base as needed.

After the arches were all cut to length it was time to start assembling. I used dominos and glue for the main parts of the base. To attach the arches, I used a combination of dominos, glue and pocket screws.

Now they back panel is only missing the center panels. I used tongue and groove for the connections between the panels and a rabbit along the back for the connection between the panels and the head board. There was a 1/16th inch revel along all edges and in between the panels to allow for wood movement. Each panel was attached with a single screw in the center of each side and a little bit of glue in the same locations. This will hopefully provide for a strong connection but also for any wood movement.

The back is now finally complete. I am very pleased with the way that this came out and also a little surprised. I was able to attack problems that I haven’t had an opportunity to before and that were pretty intimidating for me. But, I do feel that my skills have grown as a woodworker.

-- Darren, La Habra CA



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