Arched Bed #3: Bending 1" Thick Maple

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Blog entry by newTim posted 09-21-2009 05:43 AM 5502 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Curving or wrapping might be better terms. Once again Sketchup is a big help in this process. The plan calls for rounded corners on the footboard so yours truly doesn’t bang his shins on them, or when he does it won’t be a sharp corner. This is also another good example of the versatility and accuracy of the Mortise Pal jig. The Dimension tool in the Sketchup model measured the outside of the two staves 1 7/8” in order to achieve a 2 1/2” inside radius with 1” thick stock. The other critical dimension is the distance from the outside of the long rail to the inside of the side rail, 1 9/16”. With this dimension you can calculate the outside length of the long bottom rail to produce a given inside bed width so the mattress fits. In this case I’m fitting a California King, 72” x 84”, so I’m making the inside width 72 1/2”.

The other critical design consideration is how to attach the side rails to the headboard and footboard. For this project I’m using countertop connectors and will install metal pins with metal receiving sleeves above and below the connector to keep the rails in alignment. The side rail will also have a short piece that sits on the footboard slat to hold it in place during assembly.

In this picture you can see the shims I cut to set the mortise jig on an angle so the mortises are perpendicular to the beveled sides. Believe me it produced a very tight and accurate fit. The second picture shows how I cut the mortises in the long footrail. And further below you can see some shots of the footboard. You can click on my Homepage/Reviews to see my review of the Mortise Pal and links to their website.

And next up on The New California Workshop I’ll show the templates and glue up of the three arches.

-- tim hill

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#1 posted 09-22-2009 03:58 AM

really nice crisp work

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#2 posted 09-23-2009 06:27 PM

I have a bed project in my future so I’m looking around here for ideas. I really like your design and I commend you on your detail work in SketchUp. I’m new to using SketchUp but seem to be catching on to the idea quickly enough, that is to say I can do the basics. I’ll be watching your blog as I’m really interested to see the finished bed! Nice job so far.

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#3 posted 09-23-2009 09:07 PM

Thanks Dan.

captkerk… thanks. Be sure to check out the Sketchup for Woodworkers page. Just Google ‘Sketchup for Woodworkers’. They also have a bunch of good videos on the Sketchup Tutorial page and there are a ton of them on YouTube. When I get breaks I’ve been watching them on my iPhone. Pretty cool. You can also search on specific topics like ‘Sketchup/Layers/Video’ or ‘Sketchup/Inferencing’. Let me kinow if you want a copy of this model.

-- tim hill

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#4 posted 09-25-2009 01:12 AM

Thanks for the tips. I’ll be sure to check out some of the tutorials

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