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Arts and Crafts Wedge and Strap Bed #4: Headboard - Central Panel with Rodel Inspired Splat

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 344 days ago 1606 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is the queen bed project I am working on…

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In my last entry I completed the locking miter joints that form the transition between the side panels and the central panel.

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The central panel has two small floating panels, and a small mid-shelf. The opening near the top will receive a 7-part splat inspired by Kevin Rodel’s arts and crafts dining chairs.

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I route a groove in the spindles to receive the thin components of the splat. Notice the stop block for consistent length of cut.

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Grooves complete. I will plane the mating stock to fit snugly in this groove.

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Then I turn my attention to the thinner 1/2” components of the splat assembly. These parts receive notches to fit in the routed groove.

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I knock off the small notch with a coping saw. This cut is not visible once the splat is assembled.

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Here is how the splat components go together…

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Test fitting the splat reveals the three squares formed at the top of this detail.

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I focus on aligning the components to a straightedge as I glue up the splat.

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The splat assembly fits into mortises in the mid-shelf.

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I make similar mortises in the top rail, and test fit the splat in the central panel.

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An exploded view of the central panel components. The long tenons help align the assembly as it comes together.

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Central panel glueup.

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Central panel installed.

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The central panel rests on the lower shelf, and is simply screwed in place from the back of the headboard. I didn’t have good access for clamps, so the screws were an easy alternative.

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Here is what the splat detail looks like when it all comes together.

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I cut a notch in the top rail for the wiring harness of the xenon low voltage light that will illuminate the central panel.

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Next up will be the wedge and strap backsplash detail, and the corbels to support the mid-shelf.
I leave you with the wisdom of the trees…

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



6 comments so far

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HillbillyShooter

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#1 posted 343 days ago

Great looking backboard, narrative and photographs. I’m looking forward to seeking the final product.

-- 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 343 days ago

Thanks,
The design is a little more complicated than it needs to be. My wife really wanted a little shelf in the middle, and that added some extra steps.

Cheers

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

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AandCstyle

1261 posts in 859 days


#3 posted 343 days ago

Willie, the squareness of shelf/splat detail provides an pleasant contrast to the wedges IMO. This detail will be the focal point of the headboard, especially with the lighting. Excellent design and, as always, craftsmanship.

-- Art

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sras

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#4 posted 343 days ago

I’m a fan of details – this is turning out AWESOME!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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BigRedKnothead

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#5 posted 343 days ago

I really like the design Willie

-- Red -- "There's nothin' in the world so sad as talking to a man, who never knew his life was his for making." Ray LaMontagne

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Ken90712

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#6 posted 308 days ago

So far so good, Love this bedroom set.

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

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