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Bunk Bed Build #3: Hand Cut Tenons for the Head/Foot Boards

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Blog entry by Mauricio posted 07-11-2013 06:38 PM 1307 reads 0 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok, here are a couple of more evenings of progress behind me. I need to cut 16 tenons total to fit the head board and foot boards on the two beds.
This part of the project is going a little slower than the earlier parts. But I’m having fun on this part so its all good.

I first scribed a line all the way around the shoulder with a knife, then cut the v groove to guide my saw.

Sawed the shoulder, with my dovetail saw. I tried Paul Sellers advise here and used this saw even though it is a rip saw. I can confirm that a fine toothed rip saw does quite nicely across the grain when you scribe the line first. No tear out and it cut fast. I have a cross cut carcass saw but I wanted to give my new saw a good workout. I thought it worked better than the cross cut saw but then that might mean my other saw needs a fresh sharpening.

Next to cut the cheeks. I tried to use my tenon saw but it wasn’t cutting well, again it needs to be sharpened, I just got my files today but in the mean time I used the splitting technique which goes pretty fast once you get a rhythm going.

However it’s a little more difficult when you have a knot in the way.

Clean up with the #71. I love my router plane. Just got some new irons from Veritas today which I cant wait to try out on the next few tenons.

And that’s where I left off last night. 11 tenons down and 5 to go.

Thanks for watching folks,

Mauricio

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch



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chrisstef

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#1 posted 07-11-2013 07:15 PM

Dibs on top bunk!

Awesome job Maur and if you need any blotching techniques just let me know, I got you.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#2 posted 07-11-2013 07:16 PM

Those are some big tenons, nice work!

I have the two (V and Straight) 1/2” router plane irons from LV, and they work great. I just bought the 1/4” and an 1/8” from them as well… can’t wait.

I also like the splitting method when the grain plays nice. It’s more fun lol

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#3 posted 07-11-2013 07:20 PM

LOL. Thanks Stef, the 3yr old falls out of the toddler bed even with a railing so we know who gets the bottom. The wife loves blotch so I will have to hit you up for that advice! lol.

Thanks Mos, yeah thats what I got the 1/2” V and a 1/4”. Not sure about the 1/8” cutter though, I was going to use that as an excuse to buy a small router plane. ;-)

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#4 posted 07-11-2013 07:22 PM

lol I used it as an excuse to not buy a small router plane (yet :-P ). That darn free shipping I tell ya…

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#5 posted 07-11-2013 07:24 PM

My mother in law says, “dont you have a machine for that?” I’m like yeah but it’s a crappy Ryobi TS and these things are too big to balance on there. Much cleaner and predictable results by hand. It may be a little slower but there are fewer mistakes!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#6 posted 07-11-2013 07:25 PM

and probably a lot safer than trying to balance those suckers on a cheap ryobi table saw…

-- Mos - Twin Cities, MN -- Stanley #45 Evangelist - www.youtube.com/MosquitoMods

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#7 posted 07-11-2013 07:48 PM

Great progress Mauricio. That’s a lot of tenons bro. I think you’ll be tucking them into their respective bunks in no time. Are you making a ladder for the top bunk?

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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#8 posted 07-11-2013 07:54 PM

Maur, any trouble with the LV irons lining up correctly ? Sharpened my Stanley cutters and had to redo by sharpening them in place.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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#9 posted 07-11-2013 07:56 PM

Dont let me ruin your English Andy! Thanks bro, yes, I will need a ladder; I actually was just looking for hardware on Amazon just now.

I just got the stretcher hardware in from Lee Valley today. Took advantage of the free shipping along with a few other goodies.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#10 posted 07-11-2013 07:57 PM

Kevin, I havent tried them out yet. Hopefully not. I’ll let you know.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#11 posted 07-11-2013 08:11 PM

Looking good Mauricio!

-- ~Tony

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#12 posted 07-11-2013 08:48 PM

Manly stuff taking place here!

-- "It's amazing how much can go wrong when you think you know what you're doing."

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#13 posted 07-11-2013 08:51 PM

Racking up the galoot points, I see. Good progress, Mauricio.

-- "My concern is not whether God is on our side; my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right." Abraham Lincoln

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#14 posted 07-11-2013 08:51 PM

Thanks fellas!

Hey does anyone know where I can get metal hooks to hang the ladder and guard rail? The ones Rockler sells are for 3/4” stock, I need some that will work on 1.5” stock.

Can I make my own from flat bar stock? Can I just bend it to shape? Should I heat it before bending?

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#15 posted 07-12-2013 12:01 AM

Nice progress. If Stefs in the top bunk I feel sorry for the one in the bottom!!

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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