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Double Single Bed #2: Big Pieces Into Small Pieces

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Blog entry by ttocsmi posted 12-16-2015 04:01 PM 607 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Prologue Part 2 of Double Single Bed series Part 3: The Propane Powered Air Filter »

Well, the SE Michigan weather continues to be more balmy than frozen, so work on the bed frames continues. I’m out of propane now, too.

This week I received the bed bolts from Horton Brass ($4.50 each) & placed an order for the box spring fasteners / bed irons ($2.25) and bed bolt covers ($1.85) from Baltimore Hardware.

I rough cut, jointed, & thickness planed the pieces for the posts, 2 x long and 2 x short for each bed, from 8/4 red oak. For the first 12 inches, ripping the boards on the new Jet saw was easy. Like butter!

“Wow, this saw is really nice!”

Then the board proceeded to wedge itself around the giant-ass riving knife assembly which came with the saw and was installed at the time.

“What the hell? This thing’s a piece of crap.” (Edit: Not really)

Stopped the saw. Applied wax to the knife, re-tried, no joy. Pondered a bit for a new solution. (Forcefully pushing a board through the saw with two hands didn’t seem safe.) Knife thickness, about 0.10 inches. Blade thickness, about 0.10 inches. (Note to self: order tooth-shaped riving knife.) After some research, I now have a better understanding why this occurs.

Cut up some wedges from scrap, tapered from 0.0625 to about 0.125 inches.

Removed the knife. Successfully ripped all boards, placing the wedges in the kerf every 12 inches or so. Of course, my old outfeed table is too high so my wedge inserting assistant doubled as a board catcher. Here are the posts, before and during glue-up.

Each post is made up from two 3.5×1.75 inch rails, glued together. This worked out great! Only in a couple small locations can you see the joint. I cut each board a little fat and used the planer to set the final thickness.

Ever wonder how many board feet of expensive wood ends up going back into the ground? I started calculating it in my head last night, but fell asleep first. Here’s about half of my shavings. (See the snowblower? I’ve already used it once this year. Not ready to use it again. I’ve worked in the garage when it’s 17F outside – not fun.)

I’ve been mostly considerate of the neighbors, with all machines turned off by about 10 pm.

How many times has this happened to you (for me, it’s about once or twice a project): You’re doing something else, later in the day, reminiscing on your exquisite skill & craftsmanship, and then… “SHIT. I cut a F-ING board too short.” This week, I cut the short rails about an inch short. Not an emergency, though, as my tenons will end up a bit shorter than anticipated. The box spring will still fit. (*&@!!!

Later this week I’ll have all the tenons & mortises cut & hopefully glue up the footboard end of the beds. After that, the sanding / finishing department (my wife) can begin work.

-- Knight of Sufferlandria 2015



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