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Forum topic by Dan posted 01-18-2010 12:11 AM 910 views 0 times favorited 1 reply Add to Favorites Watch
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01-18-2010 12:11 AM

Hi all. I have a “how-to” question about a pair of bed rails I’m making. I’m need to replace the metal rails on a 40 year old bed. I’ve found that one set of rail hardware sold by Rockler is an exact match for the existing hardware so I can use the hooks from the kit without having to replace the pins in the headboard and footboard. I’ve got the new rails made and now have to cut the 3/32” slot/mortise for the hooks to go into. If I can avoid it, I would prefer not to make a cut through the entire rail. The best idea I’ve come up with so far is to use a drill press and an extra-long bit to drill out the slot from the bottom side of the rail. It’s not the most elegant solution, but it seems like it might get the job done. I’m wondering if anyone has any other creative solutions to making a 3.5” wide, 1.25” in deep, 3/32” mortise.


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#1 posted 01-18-2010 04:49 AM

Hey Dan, to approach this problem. One, you can use a circular saw to make the initial cut and then work a jig saw to get the right size. If you are careful,you should be able to achieve success. Also, drill a hole in the end grain at the point of max height for the hooks. If you get a little over size, use some epoxy to help hold the hooks.

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