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Bunk Bed Build #6: Mortising Rail Brackets & Plowing Deco Grooves

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Blog entry by Mauricio posted 08-01-2013 07:34 PM 1566 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Panels, Long Rails, and Mounting Brackets Part 6 of Bunk Bed Build series Part 7: Panel Prep and Glue Up »

Here is a little more progress on my build

Installing the brackets on the bed posts:

First I lay out the location of the Mortise with a mortising gauge. I need to get something better than this crappy Harbor Freight gauge but it does ok for now.

Chisel out the ends of the mortise with a chisel.

I start with my router plane set to full depth and work from one end back removing waste little by little.

#71 Action shot!

The smooth and crisp mortise is a beautiful thing. :-)

Next I make a couple of more mortises a clearance for the little hooks.

These don’t need to be pretty.

Test fit the bracket.

Then with the matting piece. Everything sits well.

Predrill for the screws then install the brackets (no pics of that). A power drill was used to drive the screws. I’m not a purist. I do like predrilling for screws with the egg beater though. Its easy and fast.

Same goes for the long rails.

And now we finally get to see what the bed looks like! I had to do this in the living room, I dont have the room in the garage right now.

This is how each bed will look when used seperatly. When stacked the two foot boards are used on the top bunk and the two head boards are used for the bottom bunk.

Next I need to run a decorative groove down the long rails and on the bottom rails of the head/foot boards.
For this I remove the secondary fence from the #45 and install an 1/8” cutter.

And plow away. :-)

This is the result. I nice shadow line that breaks it up a little so it doesn’t just look like a plain old board.

That’s it for now. Thanks for watching.

Questions and comments are welcome.

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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Mosquito

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#1 posted 08-01-2013 07:52 PM

nice work, I like the addition of the groove, it does help.

And who doesn’t love a little #45 action ;-)

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

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#2 posted 08-01-2013 07:55 PM

Good progress. Isn’t it great when you can finally see it together?

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

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Mauricio

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#3 posted 08-01-2013 08:07 PM

Thanks Mos, yeah any excuse to bust out the #45. :-)

Don, you are so right. When I put it together my wife and I were like “Holly crap I made a friggin’ bed!” I was grinning from ear to ear.

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

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theoldfart

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#4 posted 08-01-2013 08:22 PM

Maur, looking good. Nice action shot on the 71 and 45. Did you knife the long edges on the mortises?

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

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#5 posted 08-01-2013 08:23 PM

No doubt those will hold up to the test of time Mauricio. The romping should begin shortly brother. Make the kiddys proud of their papa.

-- "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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Mauricio

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#6 posted 08-01-2013 08:30 PM

Thanks Kevin, Yes I forgot to mention that, I did knife the lines before using the router plane. Makes a big difference.

Thanks Stef, I’m building this thing as strong as I can but having them horsing around on the top bunk does make me a little nervous.

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

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luv2learn

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#7 posted 08-01-2013 08:35 PM

I love it when a plan comes together and your bunk bed build certainly has done that.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#8 posted 08-01-2013 09:19 PM

@Maur—The beds are awesome! Make sure the kiddos know about ceiling fan danger (DAMHIKT!).

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#9 posted 08-02-2013 02:08 AM

Awesome Maur:

You relish the sense of accomplishment. Heck, I am proud to just follow along.

-- It isn't the mountains ahead to climb that wear you out; it's the pebble in your shoe. - Muhammad Ali

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#10 posted 08-02-2013 11:46 AM

Excellent. Love the action shots.

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

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Mauricio

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#11 posted 08-02-2013 02:43 PM

Thanks Lee. It is sweet!

Thanks Don, good point, I better check the clearance from the ceiling fan!

Scott, thanks for sharing in the joy bro.

Thanks Don, it’s been amazing how useful the 71 and 45 have been on this project.

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

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#12 posted 08-02-2013 02:57 PM

Looking great, Maur! Following along and being able to see and understand exactly what you are doing makes me realize how poor a job I do of documenting and photographing projects.

-- "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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#13 posted 08-05-2013 12:28 AM

Like a boss.

(You know a turn of phrase is obsolete when the old guys use it.)

-- Bucket, any person that spends 10k on a bicycle is guaranteed to be a $@I almost started to like you. -bhog

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#14 posted 08-05-2013 03:32 AM

Excellent Mauricio!

-- ~Tony

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Mauricio

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#15 posted 08-05-2013 02:07 PM

Jay, thanks for watching. You probably have your head more in the game than I do and are more focused on getting work done than taking pics.

Bucket, awe snap, are old guys saying like a Boss now? I better stop. lol.

Tony, thank you sir!

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

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