Toe Tent for SWMBO

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Jan 3, 2015

A while back SWMBO requested a toe tent. Whatʻs a toe tent? I keeps the bed covers off your toes when you are sleeping. I first thought it was silly but after using it I really like it.

Itʻs really simple to make and should be able to be done in an afternoon.

Each base is 8 inches X 12 inches out of 1/2 inch plywood.

The side piece is the most complicated to describe so here is a screen shot to help with the description.

The overall side pieces that is attached to the base is is about 12 inches long X 5-1/2 inches tall. The center of the 2 inch hole is 2-3/8 inch from the bottom and the side.

To get the back angle line draw a line from the center of circle to a point 2 inches from the top left corner. Than draw a parallel line to the left of it 5/32 inches away.

To get the line to the right of the circle draw a line 2-3/8 inch from the bottom of the board to the center of the circle. Then draw a parallel line 5/32 inch below it.

Now cut out everything that isnʻt yellow. Round off as you like.

Make two of these pieces.

A 2 inch circle cut out of 3/4 in plywood and then sanded slightly so that it moves freely in the hole in the side piece is made. A 5/16 inch hole about 1 inch deep is drilled into the side of this circle..

Make 2 of these.

Two pieces of 5/16 inch metal rod (from my scrap pile) about 5-1/2 inches long was cut.

Four face plates were cut to the shape shown out of 1/4 inch plywood. These are used to capture the circle/rod in the socket in the side piece. They are about 3-1/8 inch in diameter.

One was glued to the side of the side piece …

… and one screwed to the other side after the circle with the rod was placed into the socket.

This assembly was then attached to the 1/2 inch thick base.

Two arms were made 2 inches wide and 13 inches long with a 5/16 inch diameter hole drilled 2-1/4 inch deep in the middle of the bottom. It was made out of hardwood. This just slips over the 5/16 inch rod.

The top of this arm has a 1/4 inch deep X 3/4 inch wide X 1-1/2 inch long stopped dado into which a bar made out of hardwood measuring 3/4 inch thick X 1-1/2 inches wide X 61 inches long (for a queen size bed) was placed. Vary the length of the bar to suit your bed.

The bar was just screwed to the arms. The top of the bar was angled in as shown above and everything was rounded over and sanded to 320 grit.

The assembly is just slipped between the box springs and mattress.

This is how it looks installed with the bar up.

This is how it looks with the bar down.

Tent UP.

Tent DOWN.

Thatʻs it. Easy to make and sure to earn points with SHMBO.

Thanks for looking. Comments welcomed.

Sweet dreams.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#1 posted 01-04-2015 02:22 AM

Like the design.

-- Respectfully, Paul

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#2 posted 01-04-2015 03:15 AM

Cool idea, great job.
Thanks for showing.

-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#3 posted 01-04-2015 05:19 AM

Great design, Alex! These are really wonderful after foot surgery or even for anyone that has restless leg syndrome! Thanks for sharing. Yes, all the pics are very helpful!

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 01-04-2015 05:34 AM

Great device and not silly it all Alex .
Thanks For sharing this with all the pics and instructions .
This may come in handy for a friend that has a problem with a foot injury .


-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 01-04-2015 01:39 PM

Very nice idea. Great for folks with arthritis, etc.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 01-04-2015 02:36 PM

Pretty cool. Being one who sleeps with my feet poked out from under the covers I might just have to try this!

Also, I noticed one small typo… you wrote “To get the back angle line draw a line from the center of circle to a point 2 inches from the top left corner. Than draw a parallel line to the left of it 5/16 inches away.

To get the line to the right of the circle draw a line 2-3/8 inch from the bottom of the board to the center of the circle. Then draw a parallel line 5/16 inch below it.”
But the sketchup drawing shows these deminsions as 5/32”.

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#7 posted 01-04-2015 02:39 PM

Great design—as always. Thanks for sharing.

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

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#8 posted 01-04-2015 04:33 PM

Alex, I can see how this can come in handy, nice job.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#9 posted 01-04-2015 06:53 PM

Thanks to everyone for the comments and favorites.

JoeinGa—Good eye. The typo has been fixed.

I never thought about foot surgery or restless leg syndrome.

Your feet can stay warm under the covers without the weight of the covers on them .. especially if you like to sleep on your back.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#10 posted 11-01-2015 04:59 AM

Very nice! I built one out of 3/4” pvc just for my wife’s side of a split king adjustable bed but yours has the nicety of disappearing when the bed is made. One question, why the cutout in the four plates there doesn’t seem to be any interference with the rod or arm?

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#11 posted 02-01-2016 08:36 AM

Thanks for sharing this it will help as I can not stand anything to touch me from my crps/Rsds which is hell on earth. Thanks again

-- Focus on what you can do not what you can't do!

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