Queen Bed #2: Finishing the Legs and fixing mistakes

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Blog entry by ChunkyC posted 02-25-2012 11:13 PM 11992 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I finally have all of the mortises cut in the legs and the bed rail fasteners installed.

Next step, cut the tappers in the rear legs:

Now cut the tappers on the front legs: Oops, I misread the combination square AGAIN! The mortises for the bed rail fasteners are supposed to be 7-1/4” up from the bottom. I just have to remember to read the correct side of the square. So the mortises ended up being way to low.

I could make new legs but that would require a trip to the hardwood dealer and recutting all of those mortises, or attempt a patch. I opted for a patch. I believe it’s called a Dutchman but I could be wrong. If the Dutchmans don’t come out all that great, I can always remake new legs.

So I used my POS trim router to make a even mortise where the misplaced rail fasteners was:

Then I cut out a piece out of the same wood, used hand planes to get it to the correct size and then hammered it home:

I’ll see what it looks like after I cut the tappers in the front legs. If the Dutchmans look like crap, I’ll just make new legs…

-- Chunk's Workshop pictures:

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#1 posted 02-26-2012 01:19 AM

a hell-of-a-nice fix. wow looks good to me

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#2 posted 02-26-2012 03:35 AM

Thanks Roger. The picture makes it look a lot better then it really is.

The leg is tapered on the bottom and the taper gets into the Dutchman about 1”. It sticks out like a sour thumb on the taper. The good thing is that it wont be easily seen as it’s on the inside.


-- Chunk's Workshop pictures:

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