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 www.newcalshop.com