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Arts and Crafts Wedge and Strap Bed #5: Side Rails and Headboard Corbels

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 320 days ago 1446 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 4: Headboard - Central Panel with Rodel Inspired Splat Part 5 of Arts and Crafts Wedge and Strap Bed series Part 6: Side Rail Arches, M & T, and Bed Bolts »

Here is where I am currently at with the bed project.

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The plans call for side rails 1-1/2” thick. The 8/4 at the lumberyard didn’t look too good, some even sporting snipe 3/4” thick! So I decided to achieve the desired thickness by laminating 5/4 with 4/4 boards.

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After milling the glueups flat and square, I wrestled them over the dado blade to create the tenons. My 8” dado set couldn’t reach the entire shoulder, so there was considerable hand trimming with a saw and chisels. The tenons are offset to allow room for the bed bolts.
Next I milled grooves in the upper rails to receive the plywood decking.

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Test fitting the rails in the footboard.

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Here is how the rails join the footboard. The groove is set towards the bottom of the rail, which will keep the mattress in place.

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Now I turn my attention to the corbels that support the small shelf on the headboard. I start with 2-3/4” x 3-1/4” solid stock.

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After cutting the curve with a 3/16” blade at the bandsaw, I sand the profile to the final shape.

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Then I trim the corbel to length at the miter saw. I chamfered a small relief on the back corner of the corbel, which will allow the block to sit flush with the shelf. Notice how the chamfer stops at one corner.

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Gluing corbels in place with a few clamps and spring sticks.

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Corbels installed. The corbels are all the same size, however the middle stile is 1/4” wider than the side stiles. This is to maintain a consistent 1/4” reveal.

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Headboard is complete, except for the wedge and strap backsplash.

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I leave you with this final image… oak on oak.

Next up should be constructing the side rail stiles for drawer openings, and perhaps the wedge and strap detail.
Cheers!

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



5 comments so far

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BigRedKnothead

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#1 posted 320 days ago

Oooohh. That’s coming along nicely Willie.

-- Red -- "The two most important days of your life are the day you are born and the day you find out WHY." -Mark Twain

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pintodeluxe

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#2 posted 320 days ago

Thanks Red. It is finally starting to look like a bed.

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

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sras

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#3 posted 320 days ago

This just keeps getting better! Love the design.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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jeffbranch

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#4 posted 319 days ago

Super job. Looking awesome.

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Ken90712

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#5 posted 291 days ago

The headboard is a work of art. Love the center and flow of this.

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

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