With the head board and foot board mostly completed, it was time to move on to the side rails. All of the rails in this project are comprised of two 1x select pine boards glued together to form a finished thickness of 1.5 inches. The queen size bed we own has slender rails and I thought doubling up the thickness looked better…
The pine boards glued together, cut to length with the addition of an oak cleat along the bottom of each side rail.
This is creative woodworking at its best. I take a rail and stand it on its end and bungee cord it to our basement stair railing. I clamp a template to the rail and cut a mortise for the hardware. This operation encroaches on the wife’s part of the basement. Note in the background, I use towels to protect some of her stuff from the sawdust.
After a little chisel work, I get a nice snug fit for the hardware.
With the hardware fit confirmed, I use a forstner bit and drill holes on the inside end of each rail to receive oak dowels. The hardware is held in place with three two inch screws driven through the oak dowels.
The hardware successfully installed on the side rails.
Using the same template with just a minor adjustment I route out a mortise for the post hardware.
The post hardware successfully installed.
With all this completed, I can for the first time set the bed up.
I still have to form the finials and finish the stain and poly, so a lot left to do, but the bed is coming together nicely.
Someone asked me, “Why do you call it the Tornado Bed?” This project is being donated to a family in Sipsey, Alabama whose home was destroyed in the historic April 27th tornado outbreak.
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