Platform Bed #5: Bed Head Glue-up and cutting the curve

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Blog entry by Craftsman on the lake posted 02-16-2012 10:41 PM 7455 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Today I finished gluing up the bed head and then set the curve for the top of it. I used the formula you see below to find the radius of the curve. I wanted a drop of 4” on the ends when the bed head is 60” wide. This formula lets you find the radius needed to make the curve.

I took a long section of pine and attached it with a bolt to my table saw. I squared off the bed head with the saw and attached part of my router fence to the end of the stick. I used that to draw the curve, then I rough cut it with the saber saw. Note: you can see the bed standing on edge on the left so that I can have my shop space back.

Next I attached my bosch router to the fence and trimmed the curve with a 3/4” straight bit. From here I’ll either rough an ogee on the top or I might try to cap it with a flat strip or a round over edge. I’m still deciding.

-- The smell of wood, coffee in the cup, the wife let's me do my thing, the lake is peaceful.

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#1 posted 02-17-2012 01:23 AM

wow dan, you really impressed me with all that math…....great job ..this is going to look top notch…nothing like sleeping on your own work…brings a smile at the end of the day that you just dont get from anyone elses work..looks great…grizz

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