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Bunk Bed Build #7: Panel Prep and Glue Up

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Blog entry by Mauricio posted 08-23-2013 07:18 PM 1383 reads 0 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello again friends and thanks for following. In this installment I prep each of the panels (Head bard and Food Board) for glue up.

I’ve done a lot of work since my last blog but progress has been a little slow.

Before I glued up the panels I tested my dye/poly finish to make sure that pine and birch ply would look ok together. And it looks ok to me. Gives me that splotchy pine look my wife likes so much. ;-)

Then on to prep the panels for glue up. This consisted of planing an angle on the top of each of the panel rails. And when I’m trying to remove big ol’ ribbons of wood fast, I like to use my old wooden fore plane.

After I smooth it out with the #4 and a little sanding you end up with this.

A couple of tenons were a little lose so I glued on some shims and then trimmed them up with the shoulder plane and the #71.

A final smoothing of all the surfaces.

Knock of the edges.

And then the glue up. Each one of these took me the evening to prep and glue up.

Right now I’m working on these 1/4” decorative styles I’m adding to the panels.

I’m ripping them on the band saw then smoothing the faces at the bench. Widdle’s bench dogs in action here!

Then I true up one end on the shooting board.

Mark the width against the panel.

Saw to width.

Then shoot to get a nice fit.

The shooting board/bench hook combo I made is really working out well. Its nice and light and easy to flip back and forth for each sawing/shooting operation.
Next I made a story stick to help with alignment.

Then glued and pin nailed them in place and here we are.

One down and three to go.

Edit: Here are all 4 panels done!

After this I need to make the ladder and the guard rail.

Thanks for watching folks, 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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theoldfart

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#1 posted 08-23-2013 07:40 PM

The panels look good Maur. Any advantage to a four vs a block in knocking off the edges?

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

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#2 posted 08-23-2013 07:49 PM

Thanks Kevin, no its just personal preference, this one has a huge mouth and a heavily cambered iron which makes it efficient at taking very thick shavings. I can get down to the line in fewer strokes. Any plane can do it really.

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

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#3 posted 08-23-2013 08:06 PM

Gotta sell the wife on the idea of the splotchy pine look being too hard to get. How long it is going to take, how risky it is. Maybe you need a new HVLP kits “to make it work”... : ) Gotta look for the angles!

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#4 posted 08-23-2013 08:20 PM

nice work Mauricio. It’s really turning out great.

Reminds me that I’ve been meaning to make a shooting board/bench hook

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

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#5 posted 08-23-2013 08:37 PM

Nice glue up Maruicio. I think I would have been tempted to pre-finish the panels though.

-- 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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#6 posted 08-23-2013 08:39 PM

Looking good.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#7 posted 08-23-2013 09:21 PM

Good stuff man. Gonna have a lot more character than the one I made.

-- Red -- “I'm a furniture maker, I'm a woodworker, and I think woodworker's a very good word, and I like the word, it's an honest word, and that is what I am, a woodworker." --Maloof

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#8 posted 08-23-2013 09:37 PM

I like the panels. Nice touch.

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

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Mauricio

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#9 posted 08-23-2013 10:04 PM

Thanks Smith!

Shane you are right, I’ve been thinking of the HVLP kit and this would have been a good opportunity to sneak it in since we are saving so much money vs. buying the beds.
Does anyone have experience with the Harbor Freight sprayer? I think I would need a bigger compressor though. The idea of not having to sand in-between coats of Lacquer does sound appealing.

Mos, so far I like this one a lot. It uses a thin cutting board for the plane to ride on. I just leave it where it is while I’m flipping to bench hook mode and it’s not in the way.

Andy, I had thought of that but since its plywood panel contraction isn’t an issue. Also it might have been tough to fit the panel with the decorative styles already attached and have them but up perfectly against the rails.

Thanks Red, mine will just take about 4 times as long to make than yours. :-)

Thanks Don, I wish I could take credit for the design but I’m totally biting Pottery Barn’s design.

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

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Don W

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#10 posted 08-23-2013 10:09 PM

yea, but I bet not on hand plane touches the pottery barn version

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

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theoldfart

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#11 posted 08-23-2013 10:09 PM

Maur, I think Stef just bought a HVLP.

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

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luv2learn

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#12 posted 08-23-2013 11:55 PM

Maur, I used a Harbor Freight HVLP gun to spray high gloss latex. I had to thin it down but it worked just fine for me. Oh, and I have a small Home Depot twin tank compressor. Your beds are coming along nicely, well done.

-- 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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Mauricio

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#13 posted 08-24-2013 01:54 AM

Kevin, good to know, I’ll have to pick Stefs brain on that.

Thanks Lee, good to know, I have a small Porter Cable pancake compressor so if it works for you it should work for me. I’ll look into it.

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

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Mauricio

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#14 posted 08-24-2013 01:57 AM

True Don, I think mine will be a little better. I’m hoping some gentle scallops show through from the planing.

-- 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 08-24-2013 04:24 AM

Shane is a wise man….

They look fantastic Mauricio! Great work man.

-- ~Tony

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