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Blog entry by T. D. Reid posted 03-01-2012 02:11 AM 1436 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had to get on here tonight and post a picture of the legs for my eight year olds new bed. I am using a design from Wood Magazine that I have made one change too and that was the legs. If you have seen the plans for this bed they give you an option of bunking the bed and due to the ceiling height in his room I will pass on that. They cut out where the mortises are located for the rails and then laminated three boards together to get the finished 2 1/4 inch thickness. So my change is the use of a 45 degree lock miter bit from Lee Valley stock number 16J75.08 giving this bed look of quarter sawn white oak on all four sides. Now during the set up I did not realize that the bit that I had purchased was meant for stock planed to 3/8 – 1/2 inch and I had planned my stock to 3/4 inch. Small print sucks. Lee Valley warns you up front that set up the first time takes some time and it took 3 1/2 hours. Now most of that was figuring out that I had the wrong bit and then planing another 1/4 inch off the stock. After all that it only took me about 30 minutes to set it up. I kept the test piece for the next time I use the bit. I could not be happier with the outcome. You could actually put the joint together and its snug no slop or clamps tomorrow when I glue it up. Best of all is the four sides of quarter sawn white oak. Here are the first pictures and keep in mind that these legs are not yet glued together and stay together standing up while I took this picture.

Last thing; if you are going to build any Arts and Crafts style furniture buy this bit is is great. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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#1 posted 03-01-2012 02:27 AM


-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#2 posted 03-01-2012 04:09 PM

I’m in the planning phase (and trying to convince my wife to use QSWO) of building an arts and crafts bed and I wanted to use the same kind of joint for the legs, but a question I’ve had is still nagging me. When cutting the mortises in the legs, do I cut through a portion of one side, or do I cut mortises all the way through both sides? What are you planning on doing?

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#3 posted 03-01-2012 04:35 PM

Nice looking start, guess the time was worth it.

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#4 posted 03-03-2012 01:06 AM

The plans Im using don’t have through tenon joints on them, they use half blinds on the foot board and head board and I used modern hardware to attach the side rails and then they have a false tenon that attaches to the foot board to appear like they are real M & T joints. Pictures to follow.

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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