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Arts and Crafts Wedge and Strap Bed #2: Footboard

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 267 days ago 929 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is the bed project at hand…

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I added some through tenons to complete the front legs.

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With the legs complete, it was simply a matter of constructing a mortise and tenon frame. The grooves for the panels are 1/2” deep, while the stile tenons are 1-1/2” long for added strength. This extra tenon length also helps to register the stiles in postion during glueup.

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Next I temporarily clamp the panel behind the frame, to transfer the opening size to the panel.

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I ripped a strip of wood to 3/8” width to use as a guide. The strip helps me mark the outside edge of the panel.

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Since the panels are angled, I used a crosscut sled to trim the panels to final size. A wedge can be used against the fence of the sled for added stability.

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Then I rabbeted the back of the panels with a dado blade, and slid the assembly together.

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Dry fitting looks pretty good. On large assemblies, I aim for an easy friction fit.

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Here is the backside of the footboard.

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The panel rabbets are 1/2” wide, which allows 1/8” movement in all directions. The panel will be able to expand a total of 1/4” within the groove.

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My original plans called for only 3 cross members, but I added a 4th. I figure I can use the lower inside rail as an additional anchor point to add strength to the bed bolts.

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Footboard with cap removed.

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The rear legs are standing behind the footboard to show the relative height of the headboard.

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Here you can see some of the extensive mortising required in the headboard posts.

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Next up… the headboard.
Cheers!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush



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HillbillyShooter

3846 posts in 794 days


#1 posted 267 days ago

Have you considered using space balls in the rabbits between the panels and frame to eliminate movement? Otherwise, looking goog.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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pintodeluxe

3032 posts in 1315 days


#2 posted 267 days ago

I use self adhesive weather stripping to similar effect. I have never tried the Space Balls product, but I always seem to have a roll of weather stripping laying around. It helps to center the panel during assembly, but still allows seasonal movement.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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HillbillyShooter

3846 posts in 794 days


#3 posted 267 days ago

Same idea, however the life expectancy might be a little longer on space balls (but I wouldn’t bet on it). Best wishes and look forward to your progress reports.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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pintodeluxe

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#4 posted 267 days ago

I guess I never gave any thought to that. I just use the foam to center the panel during glueup. I glue the middle few inches of the panel only – at the top and bottom. From there on out, the panel can expand and contract freely.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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AandCstyle

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#5 posted 267 days ago

Willie, excellent progress. Keep the pix coming.

-- Art

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Ken90712

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#6 posted 249 days ago

Nice!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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