Princess Daybed for Daughter #6: Getting groovy; cutting out panels; some shaping; and a catastrophe

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Blog entry by JohnMcClure posted 07-16-2018 02:16 AM 1583 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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First thing: cleaned up and fitted the tenons on the curved rails. Test-fit the frame:

Now it’s time to put panels in those frames. Cutting grooves into the curved rails was a problem I’ve been thinking about since early in the design. I had thought about using a trim router on a purpose-made baseplate to ride the curves, but fortunately I had a rabetting bit that I could use as a slot cutter. Bearing guided – made this very easy on both the straight and curved rails.

I discovered the grooves I had put in the posts were a bit undersized, so it was easy to set up the same router bit to enlarge them a bit.

Next, I used the curved rails as a guide to trace the cut line onto 1/2” MDF panels:

Cut the small ones on the bandsaw, but the big one was too cumbersome to accurately cut that way, so I used a jigsaw. The feeling when those panels slipped perfectly into place was… euphoric?

Put the whole thing together:

That would have been a good stopping place. What happened next made me wish I’d taken a break.

Naturally I needed to disassemble this to roundover all edges and shape the posts (I plan to take off a lot of material along their length; plus they are overly long). But it’s a two-person job. I realized this too late, and my profanity may have alarmed the neighbors as multiple boards fell away from me in all different directions, cutting my thumb, and fracturing the most complicated piece of the assembly:

Glued it back together:

Finished off the shop time by rounding over all sharp edges. I did the posts too, but there’s still a long way to go on them.

Then I helped my wife hang the letters she painted on the wall:

Which looks pretty good above the dresser we painted yesterday:

Shaping the posts, cutting and installing trim, then gluing, then painting are coming up.

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#1 posted 07-16-2018 04:33 AM

Wow, that’s awesome progress, John. Looking really good.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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