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Arts and Crafts Wedge and Strap Bed #8: The Wedge and Strap Inlay

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Blog entry by pintodeluxe posted 303 days ago 1141 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is the bed project, which is nearing completion.

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A couple of headboard details remain, one of which is the wedge and strap detail. I tapered the backsplash, and glued the wedges on. Next I use carpet tape to attach the backsplash to a strip of plywood. This serves as a reference edge as I cut the dado for the walnut inlay.

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I use a dado set and miter gauge to cut the shallow dado. I make sure to cut both ends of the backsplash before adjusting the fence. Normally one would cut dados before cutting tapers, however in this instance I found it better to reverse protocol.

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I miter two pieces of walnut, and glue them in the dado. During the glueup, I concentrate on keeping the inlay flush with the bottom edge of the backsplash.

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Wedge and strap inlay complete. It is designed to look like a wedge driven laterally into a leather strap. This detail matches several of my other pieces in this bedroom set.

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Then the backsplash was glued with biscuits to the top of the headboard.

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Then I use a pounding block to tap pegs into the legs of the headboard.

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The pounding block helps set the pegs at a consistent depth.

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Next up should be the drawer construction.

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



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HillbillyShooter

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#1 posted 303 days ago

Great finishing details! Getting close to the final finishing ritual—enjoy!

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BigRedKnothead

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#2 posted 302 days ago

oooohhh…I like the pounding block idea;)

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Ken90712

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#3 posted 288 days ago

Love it…..

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