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Forum topic by Richard posted 01-09-2010 09:43 PM 7972 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-09-2010 09:43 PM

Topic tags/keywords: bed rail repair plywood slot cutter

I am trying to replace a bed rail for a friend. Upon looking at the damage I see they just used plywood. The layers of plywood just ripped apart.

Rather that just gluing and screwing it back together I decided I should just make a new piece out of solid wood. My problem is with the existing hardware. The exsisting hardware is bed rail hooks. They require a 3/32’’ kerf which is 3 – 1/2’’ high X 1 – 1/8’’ deep on the bed rail. I am not sure of the best way to cut this. My first thought is to try a slot cutting bit in the router. Before I try any thing I wanted to ask someone who knows what they are doing. Rockler sells this type of hanger but only recommends them for replacement only.

What do you think? Would I be better off buying different type of hanger? Thanks for any help.

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#1 posted 01-09-2010 09:56 PM

How old is the bed? Believe it or not, an acceptable repair would be to remove the hooks, open and glue the plys, clamp, and use 3-4 screws on the inside. If I did that, I would add screws to each end of both rails while I had everything apart.

If you just have to replace the rail, I would replace both and maybe get all new hardware.

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#2 posted 01-09-2010 10:09 PM

I think he said it was only five or six years old. You never know with store bought furniture these days.

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