Kody's Bed #2: Legs

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Blog entry by Randy Klein posted 09-06-2007 11:49 PM 807 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here is a dry fit of the legs.

It is a deviation from the plans, which called for laminating 2 boards together. But it would leave an unsightly glue line. However, I did learn, later, of another method that would not be so bad.

I mocked up with some scraps a mitered approach, but it was tricky and never really closed up. I thought of doing a lock miter joint, but just didn’t want to invest in a bit that I’ve heard has a finicky setup.

This method only involves rabbeting one edge of each piece. I then dominoed the pieces together. It seems really sturdy. My only concern is with wood movement. I want to put a plywood core down in the middle (for extra strength), but not sure how to secure it. So far, I think I can screw through the leg and into the core while attaching the knock-down hardware. And then when attaching the head/foot boards to the legs, I can domino through the leg and into the core as well.

I think this will have enough holding capability without aggravating the wood movement issue.

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Bob Babcock

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#1 posted 09-07-2007 02:08 AM

Boy….you’ld think after all those comments in #1 about the lack of pictures you’d get an “atta boy” or two for this one….:)

Let me be the 1st to tell you that you have nice legs.

-- Bob, Carver Massachusetts, Sawdust Maker

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Randy Klein

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#2 posted 09-07-2007 02:18 AM

Thanks Bob, but what do you think about the bed’s legs?...

I’m actually still debating on whether or not to put a cherry strip in those corner notches. I took a poll on another forum, and everyone said leave as is. As did my wife, which I guess trumps any of my votes. But I’d be interested in what others think? I’m beginning to think it would make the legs look too busy.

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#3 posted 09-08-2007 01:37 AM

very unique legs… and I think that perhaps they look more complicated that they are?? or is that deceiving as well

I don’t think they will be too much..

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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Randy Klein

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#4 posted 09-08-2007 12:48 PM

Complicated? I didn’t think they were. It’s simply a 1/2”x1/2” rabbet done with a router bit at the router table. Do that to 4 legs and they all fold up like that in the picture.

You could stop there since there’s a lot of glue surface. But I put in some dominoes to help with registration.

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#5 posted 09-08-2007 06:00 PM

I think the legs will be strong as they are. What wood did you use? Unless it is a soft wood, it is likely the wood will be very strong just as you have it.

If you want to, you could add a little inlay strip on each of those grooves. That would cover them up, and could add a nice accent if you use a contrasting color. Maybe something like Purpleheart, for example.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#6 posted 09-09-2007 02:40 AM

Bill, the wood is hard maple.

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