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Arts and Crafts Wedge and Strap Bed #6: Side Rail Arches, M & T, and Bed Bolts

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 09-06-2013 04:03 PM 1487 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Side Rails and Headboard Corbels Part 6 of Arts and Crafts Wedge and Strap Bed series Part 7: Platform Support Boxes »

This is where we left things last time…


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Now I need to cut mortises for the side rail assembly. The mortises are offset, to avoid intersecting the groove.

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I cut grooves for the false drawer panels in the side rail assembly.

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With all the joinery cut, I can now cut arches on the lower rails.

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Then I carefully layout hole locations for the bed bolts. The holes in the upper rails intersect the groove for the plywood base, however plenty of wood remains for a sturdy connection.

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I laid out the hole locations, then transferred the centerline to the ends of the rail. This will assist with drilling the through holes that the bolts will pass through.

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Next I test fit the false drawer panels.

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I installed the false panel in such a way that it sits flush with the rails. This will match the rest of the inset drawers. During glueup, I focused on keeping the ends flush to a straightedge.

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Here is how the bed bolts attach to the headboard. The rails hang on large tenons, and are cinched in place with the bed bolts. I used 3/8” dowel center points to locate the hole in the legs. The instructions called for a 17/32” bit (not an easy bit to find). However on a test board, that proved to be too large of a hole for the threaded insert. A 1/2” bit worked just fine.

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I ordered my bed bolts from Mcfeely’s, because the pictures in the catalog show a curved washer. What arrived were flat washers. Rockler sells similar hardware, but the washers have slotted holes which may simplify installation.

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Next up should be building the drawer box support.

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



9 comments so far

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HillbillyShooter

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#1 posted 09-06-2013 04:12 PM

You’re making progress, and it’s looking good.

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

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Tadd

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#2 posted 09-06-2013 04:18 PM

Looks real nice!

-- Tadd, Denver, http://patentcraftsman.com/

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Tim Dillon

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#3 posted 09-06-2013 05:30 PM

That’s one beautiful bed. You put a lot of thought in laying everything out during the design stage. Fantastic craftsmanship. I can’t wait to see the finished project

-- tim, the mountaineer

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Handtooler

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#4 posted 09-06-2013 11:32 PM

You’re certainly on track fo a grade of A++ on this course. Gonna complete your Post graduate degree for sure.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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AandCstyle

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#5 posted 09-07-2013 12:10 AM

Willie, the flat washers from McFeelys is really curious. Yesterday I received curved washers from them in this connector set. Is this the one you ordered? The washers I got were slotted as well. The kit worked well although I used a 9/16” drill bit. I was afraid that 1/2” would have been too tight and might have split the 1.5” piece I was using. I am glad it worked for you.

-- Art

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pintodeluxe

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#6 posted 09-07-2013 03:37 AM

Art,
Yes, that is the same connector set I ordered. My washers were flat, and were not slotted. I contacted McFeely’s and they agreed to send me new sets, because the product did not match the catalog description.
I’m sure it will be resolved soon.

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

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AandCstyle

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#7 posted 09-07-2013 11:43 PM

Yeah, it must have been a package packing malfunction. :)

-- Art

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pintodeluxe

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#8 posted 09-17-2013 06:48 PM

The second set of bed bolts I received from McFeely’s had the curved, slotted washers. These kits included a larger threaded insert that would require a 17/32” hole.
I’m glad I drilled a test hole, as the threaded inserts were a different size than my last order.

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

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Ken90712

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#9 posted 09-24-2013 08:33 AM

Great job love reading this one.

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

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