Mortising Jig for Bed Hardware

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Forum topic by Phil277 posted 01-21-2012 06:31 PM 1710 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-21-2012 06:31 PM

Topic tags/keywords: jig bed rail hardware mortising jig router

The design of this came about when we decided to update our mattress for out bed. We’ve had a water bed for a long time and decided to buy a standard mattress. We didn’t want to change the headboard and foot board that I made a few years ago as it matches out bedroom furniture nicely. The waterboard had box frame that couldn’t be used with the new mattress I had to make standard bed rails. I bought steel bed rail fasteners to attach the rails to the headboard and footboard.
Now the fun begins. How do I mortise the ends of the rails and the legs of the head and foot boards to accept the hardware?
I decided the best way was to make a router jig to control the movement of the router. I could have bought bushings but like a lot of woodworkers I know I don’t like to buy things I may only use once. I decided to make a base with stops that will limit the movement of the router.
The block on the bottom is located to center the jig on the thickness of the material and provide a way to clamp the jig to the material.
I did the drawing in Sketchup which I am still learning because it helps me think through a project before cutting any wood. My next step is to build the jig.

-- The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. From a sign on a surfer bar in So. Calif.

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#1 posted 01-21-2012 08:53 PM

You don’t need to go very deep and if you use a router, you will still have to square up the corners.

If I had to do this (and I will have to do it shortly), I would just use a sharp chisel and a mallet.

I suggest you practice a little with some scrap wood before you decide to build a jig.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#2 posted 01-23-2012 03:00 PM

I hope someone can point me in the right direction. I though I was starting a blog when I posted this. What should I have done. I’m sure I clicked on the start a blog button.


-- The main thing is to keep the main thing the main thing. From a sign on a surfer bar in So. Calif.

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