|Forum topic by ATLJack||posted 646 days ago||568 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
646 days ago
I am in the process of building two twin beds for my boys out of white oak. I am attempting to copy this bed that my wife saw at Pottery Barn Kids:
This is my progress thus far:
Unfortunately, however, I made a significant error and need your suggestions on a fix. The top and bottom rail of the headboard are jointed to the posts with a mortise & tenon joint. But I screwed up the width of the top and bottom rails and dont have enough width for the tenon to be as long as it should be. The rails are 7/8” thick, the tenon is 3/8” thick, but because the rail isnt wide enough the tenon is only 1/2” long.
Any suggestions on what I can do to strengthen the joint without remaking the top and bottom rails? Since I am making 2 beds there are 8 rails with lots of mortises and I dont want to do them over.
My plan was to add to the arts & craft style by making a fake through tenon by adding a block on the outside of the post to give the illusion of a through tenon. I am thinking that now I could use this block to hide screws that I drive through the post into the rails for some added strength.