I haven’t fallen of the face of the earth but I am behind on the Queen Size bed build. It has become a money pit because of a 5/8” mortising bit that I didn’t own. Then I realized that the throat on the mortising machine is on 6” and the bottom rail is 8” so I ordered a 5/8” mortising chisel. While waiting for it to get here I dry fit the head board and low and behold a queen size bed is more than 6’ wide and by the way that was the longest length of pipe clamp that I owned. So then I shell out the money for three band clamps. I shouldn’t complain because in the end I will still be way under the cost of buying one from someone else.
Short run down of the week since I am behind on blogging; Monday- I put the mortises in the legs to receive the upper and lower rails of the head and food boards and laid out the positions of the mortises for the 84 slats that go into the rails.
Tuesday- I cut the 42 mortises in the upper rails and cut a 1/8 X 1/8 chamfer along the top edge of the cap for the head board and the side rail. Dry fit the head and foot board and measured for the correct length of the 42 slats and cut them final length.
Wednesday- Had to mow the grass before the rain hit again. Then I set up for the hand chiseling of the last 42 mortises. Cut out the four corbals.
Today I banged out all of the 42 5/8×5/8 1/2 “ deep mortises in the two bottom rails of the head and foot board today. It really didn’t take that long to complete the job and I couldn’t be happier with the outcome.
Tom starts spring break tomorrow and he and I are going to Salt Fork State Park to Kayak all day tomorrow and camp there for the night. This is his very first camping trip and it is going to be awesome. I will take some pictures and post them along with bed pictures this weekend. Cheers.
-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd