Mission Style Bed #3: Head and Footboard Assembly

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Blog entry by Fraser Gandy posted 04-11-2012 11:50 PM 10235 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Bed Posts Pt. 2, Headboard Rails, Slats Part 3 of Mission Style Bed series Part 4: Knockdown Fasteners, Assembly, Transport »

Alright, did a lot of work the past while, even though it seems like I haven’t. I’ve been busy working!
I started with the footboard, I first lined all the slats up in between the rails. This was probably one of the most frustrating parts of this whole project. Once I got them all pretty well in there, I attached the rails to the legs and that sorted out the slats for the most part.

Once I did that, I noticed that my mortises and slats and stuff didn’t quite look as nice as I wanted to. Lots of little gaps and inconsistencies and things, so with the help of my teacher, we came up with a “design feature” that just so happens to magically cover all that up. Its two pieces of 3/4” thick(high) stock with a round over going into the slats, with fillet strips between the slats that are roughly 1/8” proud. I will be filing and sanding all the fillet strips to a uniform proudness – or at least to what looks pleasing to the eye. I’m not going to make them flush with the round over (another idea) simply due to time constraints. What are you thoughts?

Photos are before and after sanding. The round-over trim was proud of the rail by probably about 1/8” or so so to make it flush with the rail, I took a block plane and scrubbed across the grain, and then long passes with excellent shavings with the grain as far as the plane would let me. I then sanded perfectly flush with the rail.

I assembled the headboard next, and while it was being clamped up, I got to work on trimming out the footboard. The first photo is after trimming out, but before planing and sanding. The second photo is at the end of today, both the footboard and headboard and assembled, trimmed out, and everything I could sand with a random orbit sander was sanded. Tomorrow – hand sanding.

We only have 3 days left to work on the project. My plan for the next 3 days in shop is:
Thursday – hand sand, file, and shape the head and footboard.
Monday – Mill side rails and install the knockdown bed fasteners. I’m going with these.
Tuesday – Final sanding, assembly, getting my project marked.

I plan on finishing it on my own time once school is out. I still need to figure out what I’m going to do; I have ideas, but nothings finalized yet.

-- Drummer Gandy

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#1 posted 04-13-2012 05:38 AM

It can look good dealing with the mistakes the way you are. The design for the crib I built actually called for something similar. Just a dado down the top and bottom rails with fillet strips between the slats. I changed the wood type and everyone just likes looking at the “accent inlay”. Keeping it proud of the round over could add a nice effect that draws people’s eyes to the extra and not have it appear as a cover up. Already looks way nicer then the semi-mission style I’m finishing up.

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Fraser Gandy

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#2 posted 04-13-2012 11:08 AM

thats sort of what i was aiming for! i love the mission style, but i just dont have the skill yet to produce good high quality stuff, so i have to come up with ways to make it look good, so, i did!

thanks derosa, and ill be sure to check out your crib!

-- Drummer Gandy

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