Bed Frame, out of Pine #4: Grooves & Dry Fits

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 05-21-2018 01:59 PM 638 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: head board joinery done... Part 4 of Bed Frame, out of Pine series Part 5: Footboard assembled »

The 2×4 rails need all the tenons done, and a groove ploughed…

Rail that had the first set of tenons done…Stanley 45 was still set up….fence needed tweaked a bit, to better center the groove…plane was still set tad tad too deep..

Nice thick curls look nice, but the plane is a bear to push…lightened the cut a bit, added a bit of candle wax,,,pushed along much better. Unlike the posts, I can run the plane all the way through..

Then laid out the set on the other end…saw cuts and some chisel work..

Once this set was done..

I could lay the second 2×4 under the first one..

And layout the tenons. Decided to plough the groove first.

Then do the tenons…I even used the smooth plane, to clean up the “rough” spots

Time to dry fit all four parts..

Well, at least the grooves matched up…

Got to looking a bit closer….things weren’t lined up quite right…Notches were on the wrong side of the posts…

Thus the other reason for the Design Change….I am NOT building new posts.
Wrestled a 2×10 x 8’ to the shop…had to make two cuts to get things close to length…needed to fit into the 9-3/8” wide notches..boards were 9-1/2”..made a notch to fit the board into the notch on the posts. Then a dry fit to get a final ( maybe?) length. and cut it again…whew.

Finally got it clamped in place…but the thing had trouble standing up….Had the longer of the two cut-offs handy.

Used a jack plane to skinny the cut-off down..made yet another mess on the floor..

Shaved a bit, test fit, shave some more….It finally fit! Couple c clamps to hold the piece into place..

And NOW this huge thing will not tip over onto to something…or someone.

All dry fits, just clamps holding this together…top will be a bear to clamp up..

Might have enough clamps (barely) to do a glue up…..when I can get the plywood panel done. The Boss wants a padded, fabric covered panel….yet hasn’t even bought the stuff…about all I can do is cut the plywood to size.

maybe later, I can just go ahead and assemble the footboard. Waiting on a verdict about how she wants the tops of the posts done….

Stay tuned,,,things could get very interesting…

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#1 posted 05-24-2018 03:44 AM

Well it seems to be coming along nicely.

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