Basic Bed Frame #2: Time Flies - Everything takes longer than expected

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Blog entry by EarlS posted 11-22-2017 09:00 PM 2073 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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When I posted the first chapter in this build I expected that I was going to finish off the “few” details left to complete the construction portion in a day or two…...10 days later, I’m finally moving on to finishing.

A 1” cleat was screwed and glued to the side rails for the bed slats to rest on. The slats will help keep the frame square and eliminate the need for a box spring.

After boring out the bolt hole for the bed bolt, the hole for the cylindrical nut was drilled into the side rails, 3-1/2” from the end. I used a metric bit that was slightly larger than the diameter of the nut and also drilled it a bit deep to provide some room to maneuver the bolt and nut when tightening things together.

The rails were tightened into the ends in preparation for working on the slats and spacers. Rather than screwing the slats to the cleat, or making a strap to hold the slats at the appropriate spacing I chose to screw 3” spacers into the cleats at 4” intervals (slat width).

With the frame complete I turned my attention to the headboard. It is fairly simple, 5 – 1×4 boards attached to ribs that in turn are attached to the headboard rail. After cutting the boards to length and width and making some 1/4” spacers, the boards were screwed into place. The top cap was pinned to the top board using Miller dowels rather than screws. Two holes for the knockdown bolts that will be used to secure the headboard to the rail were added to each rib piece.

Everything was disassembled and after more sanding, light walnut stain was wiped onto all of the pieces and let dry for a couple of days with the heat turned up in the shop to help with drying. The first of 3 coats of Arm-R-Seal was sprayed on this morning at 6:00 AM using my Fuji sprayer and the pieces are currently drying.

I hope to get another coat on tonight. The boards will be lightly sanded with 800 grit paper between coats, with the final coat getting lightly sanded with 2000 grit paper to provide a finish with a little more sheen than satin, but less than semi-gloss. Finishing will take 3-4 days with Thanksgiving tomorrow. My daughter asked me to make a nightstand to match, oh and some shelves, and maybe a chest of drawers too, if I have time…..

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

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