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Arts and Crafts Wedge and Strap Bed #3: Headboard , Locking Miter Joints

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 08-12-2013 04:11 PM 2652 reads 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Footboard Part 3 of Arts and Crafts Wedge and Strap Bed series Part 4: Headboard - Central Panel with Rodel Inspired Splat »

Here is the queen bed project I am working on…

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Before moving on to the headboard, I needed to install some button caps on the footboard. I start by chamfering a 15 degree pyramid on the end of some leg stock.

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Pyramid shape complete.

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Next I use the dado set to cut a tenon on the end of the button cap.

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Then the button cap is cut free.

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Finally I route a mortise for the button cap with a plunge router and spiral bit.

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Button caps installed on footboard.

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Now I turn my attention to the headboard. With the legs and rails sanded, I do the initial glueup. The top rail is dry fit, which will allow me to add the side panels in a second glueup.

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Here you can see how the rails come together to make the lower shelf. Parts are offset from one another to create subtle shadow lines typical of arts and crafts furniture.

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The transition from side panels to the center panel looks like a solid post, but is actually a lock miter joint.

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A couple test passes ensure a good fitting lock miter joint. It is amazing how the joint friction-fits together. A lock miter offers some mechanical strength, as well as good surface area for a strong glue joint.

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If you get a ledge on your milled workpiece, try moving the router table fence.

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Once my bit height and fence settings are dialed in, I carpet tape strips of 1/4” MDF to the fence. I make the first pass on both pieces, then remove the MDF strips and complete the second pass. Remember to mill one workpiece flat on the table, and mill the mating workpiece referencing the fence.

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The joinery on the headboard comes together like this…

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Here the angled stiles and remaining panel components are added.

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The top rail extends the entire width of the headboard, and will function as a valance for some low voltage lighting.

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My little helpers…

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We even had some visiters behind the shop.

Next up will be the central panel of the headboard.
Cheers!

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



5 comments so far

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HillbillyShooter

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#1 posted 08-12-2013 07:51 PM

Great photography! Thanks for the construction details, especially your method for making the “button caps” on your sander—a definite keeper.

-- 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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#2 posted 08-12-2013 10:40 PM

Yeah, I either use a 36 grit belt at the OSS, or I will rough out the pyramid on the miter saw and sand it to final shape. I would normally make real through tenons, but that detail was an afterthought in this case.

Thanks.

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

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#3 posted 08-13-2013 01:40 AM

Nice progress and it is looking great!

-- Art

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Ken90712

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#4 posted 08-13-2013 09:33 AM

Great job and interesting post…. I’ll be looking fwd to the next one. I’m making a Bridal Chest Arts & Crafts style that looks alot like this. They’re plans from Bob Lang, the Corbles very similar to your stiles in the headboard.

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

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HillbillyShooter

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#5 posted 08-23-2013 07:42 PM

Your lock miter joint (hollow) post have given me an idea and solves my quandary about how to construct the outside legs for a reloading bench I’ve been designing in my mind—thank.

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

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