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Project by Huckleberry posted 01-18-2008 04:10 PM 1331 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK made some changes and some goofs, but moving right along and going good. I pulled out the plugs and screws and did my routing. The original plans called for 3/4” oak and as you can tell I beefed that up quite a bit. There was a big difference in the dimensions for the arm length. But measure once cut thrice. And since I like to tell on myself anywhere you see walnut (except for the plugs) that’s where my mistakes were made. But with the arms I had rough cut them and so I was stuck with a length that was about 1/2” too short. So I added two strips of walnut at a 45° angle and used one of the best clamps that I have ever found. That’s right blue painters tape. So as I started to line up the parts for assembly I discovered one small problem. I made two left side arms and you guessed it no right side. So right now I am just a little upset and this is one mistake that I should have caught, so either I make two futons now or try and fix my mistake.

Really bummed, Huck

-- I cut it twice and the damn thing is still too short!@#$%





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rpmurphy509

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#1 posted 01-18-2008 04:50 PM

Have you considered removing the pocket screws and replacing with loose tenons in those areas?
Can fill the pocket hole with matching dowel rods, then make mortises for some small (think domino sized)
loose tenons.

-- Still learning everything

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CharlieM1958

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#2 posted 01-18-2008 05:18 PM

I’m a bit confused, but that’s normal.

As far as the screws that are in the way…. what are they holding together? If we are just talking about the slats, I think you could remove the screws and rely on the glue alone.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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rikkor

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#3 posted 01-18-2008 07:22 PM

Is it already glued where the pocket screws are? Otherwise disassemble and use tenons or dowels.

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leonmcd

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#4 posted 01-18-2008 08:06 PM

Not sure how a futon works but could you add a strip of wood to build out from the frame and over the pocket screws. You could then put your grove in the strip of wood.

If I’m right, it would create a little bit of a gap at the end of the mattress between the ends but who would notice?

-- Leon -- Houston, TX - " I create all my own designs and it looks like it "

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Grumpy

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#5 posted 01-18-2008 10:48 PM

Not exactly clear on the problem Huck but here we go.
Is it possible to bed the screws in further to miss the Router?
I agree with Murph, loose tenons would eliminate clashing with the router but you might end up with exposed areas?
Biscuit joints might be OK if a great deal of strength is not needed.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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leonmcd

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#6 posted 01-18-2008 11:22 PM

How about take out the screws and redrill the hole to fit a dowel. Put the dowel in the place of the screw (acts kinda like a tenon) then route your groove right throught the dowel.

-- Leon -- Houston, TX - " I create all my own designs and it looks like it "

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Huckleberry

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#7 posted 01-22-2008 03:13 AM

I didn’t have a good enough picture of the other side, but I already had the plugs glued in over the screws. I think that I might try what Leon said by adding a 1/2” strip of wood and route through that and see what happens. I appreciate the help and will keep you all updated.

-- I cut it twice and the damn thing is still too short!@#$%

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