|Forum topic by Jeff Mazur||posted 11-06-2014 06:37 PM||870 views||0 times favorited||6 replies|
11-06-2014 06:37 PM
It’s my plan to build a loft bed for my son. The design involves, among other details, gluing up four tall corner posts from two or three (probably pine) boards, and joining them to the stretchers running between them with mortise and tenon joints. I’m a beginner and for some reason have an uneasy feeling about mortise cuts into the edge side of the glued-up post (especially) if such a cut straddles two of the component boards (i.e. cuts through the glue parallel to the faces. Have I any need for concern about this provided the glue-up is done right? (dead-flat, smooth, clean faces; sufficient and appropriate glue; proper clamping; proper drying time; etc.?) Anything to watch for while making the cuts? (I have no mortising machine, will be drilling with my press and cleaning up with chisels.)
I will add that the closest to a post end that this will occur will be about 6 inches (thinking in terms of the possibility that the lamination could split if cut too close to the end.) The posts will likely be about 4×4, accepting tenons from 2×6 stretchers. Of course, this issue is moot if I can find 4×4 untreated pine but I’ve not yet seen such a thing. Oh, I almost forgot to mention that the vertical position of adjacent stretchers will be staggered by a few inches to avoid interfering with each other or causing weakness at their common corner of the post.
Thanks in advance!
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