|Forum topic by Bob Areddy||posted 12-17-2011 05:33 AM||2511 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
12-17-2011 05:33 AM
So my sister asked me to extend a headboard and footboard for her to fit the new bed. The new bed frame is 9” wider. So I came up with a design of a couple of “wings”. Here’s a drawing of the headboard, and the two pieces that I need to attach together. You can also see where the bed frame will attach as noted in the grey rectangles.
The “wings” are 4.5” wide each, 3/4” pine. On the headboard, they’re 42.5” long. The bed frame will attach to the wings. The rails of the headboard and footboard are about 1 7/8” thick.
So the question is how do I attach them? When I first designed everything, I imagined loose tenons, but now I’m having second thoughts. If the tenons are 4” wide (2 on the headboard and footboard), and go into each piece about 1”, I’m not sure if that would be enough strength to hold the whole thing up.
Another issue is that the existing rails are quite old, and not exactly straight. There’s a gap between the edge of the wings and the rail on a couple of the pieces, up to about 1/16” wide at the widest point.
I told my sister that she probably won’t be able to match the finish, and she said she’ll just strip the whole thing if necessary.
-- --Bob http://www.areddy.net/wood