Well, finally I can say that the bunk beds have progressed greatly over the past week. I was able to get my tail into gear when I got home from work and get some stuff done in the shop. I can finally report that the headboard and footboards are glued together. Here is a picture with one of the clients…
I think one of the best parts of this stage of the project was that it allowed the kids to help me a little. The llittle one did not get into it that much, but our older one got a real kick out of me holding the clamp in place and him getting to tighten it up. There will be more of that to come. After things were glued up, I decided to pin the tenons on the end rails. I figure if the glue ever decided to give way the pin should hold it until I can make it safe again. I will pin the bottom tenons eventually, but there is more work to do down there (more on that in a minute). The following pictures are the boys getting to drill the holes for the pins and driving the pins into place.
That was a real experience for me and the boys.
You might notice that we decided not to curve the top of the top rail. In an effort to get things moving, and get this project done, we decided to change where the curve was. All in all, a really good decision.
Originally I had designed for a mortise in the post to hold the side rails (the long ones). There would be a bolt through the post into the end of the side rail. Somehow I was going to put a bolt into the side rail to pull everything together. Well, today, in an effort to make things faster and more simple, I decided to go with metal hangars for the side rails. They have been ordered and are on the way. Now, I need to plug the mortise in the post and the hole in the front side of the post that I drilled to countersink the bolt head. That will be most of the work for the rest of this week.
I have a little shuffling to do on what I am going to work on this week versus next week, but I am ready to get into it tomorrow night when I get home.
Well, I will update more next week. If all goes well, these beds are going to look a lot different at the end of next weekend.
Everyone have a great week.
-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA