Bed Frame, out of Pine #6: Headboard work, test fits

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 05-24-2018 09:00 PM 715 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 5: Footboard assembled Part 6 of Bed Frame, out of Pine series Part 7: Friday's Follies »

Took the footboard upstairs to the bedroom, to see IF it fits….the way things were going, I wanted to make sure..

Looks like it will fit…went back to the shop, and took the headboard apart….rails needed a bead..

They needed sanded and I even ran a roundover bit down the edges…

Tenons on the ends,needed fine tuned..

Mainly the endgrain…was a bit out of square…chin powered the chisel, not a hammer..

Rails were done, sanded to 180 grit, and set aside…had one post I wanted to get done, that day..

Just like the short footboard posts…but, this time the beads were on the show sides only. That dado made things tricky to saw the bevels….saw’s foot plate kept trying to drop into it. Hauled all three parts to the Dining Room, since assembly will be done upstairs….and called it a day.

This morning got a rude awaking…Uncle Charles decided to use my toes as a wake-up call…..cramps in the toes.

Decided to get the other post done…

Two beads, one on each show side. Found out the plywood I was going to use in the headboard slots was exactly 1/2” thick,,,the same width as the slot….more on that, later..
Top of the post also gets a bevel…..did things a little differently, learned my lesson?

Still using the old Skil saw…but, decided to do the dado side last, and work my way around to it..

So, the first three came out decently enough…set up for the dado side..

Saw’s foot plate wanted to keep dropping into the dado….had to watch it like a hawk. left a little tab on the end/peak. We have ways to clean that up..

Looks a bit better? And, just like the other posts, the bottom was beveled with a block plane, and sanded smooth.
Post was done? Well, there were a few spots that the sander couldn’t fix..

A few trips to smooth the faces flat, and clean. When a shaving will wrap around your wrist, might be tuned up about right? Did not round the the corners with the router, was needed. set the post aside, and slammed the rail onto the bench..

Laid out the counter bores, in the correct spots, this time…vintage drill used for the holes….including coming back and drilling the pilot holes, too.

Block plane to add a bevel detail..

Then sand it smooth..

Both ends done. Had a few spots a snader just couldn’t fix..we have ways..

Couple of knots, and those black ink stamps they mark these boards with…
Haled both the post and the rail upstairs….then it was the plywood and side rails turns..first, I needed to clean the shop up….

And set out some hardware, to assemble the bed, once everything is ready..

Counter-bored lags will go on the mattress sides of the side rails…which I needed to cut to size @ 79”

So these two cutoffs became a window seat…laid the plywood right on the Dinning Room Table…and cut this much from the 8’ long panel..

And stacked everything up in the corner..

But had a mess to clean up..again..

Ooops. So, I am waiting on the fabric and the padding to arrive…next payday…still have the thin the edges of the plywood panel ( Wards 78 for that) to allow a slip fit WITH the fabric wrapped over the edges…
need to drill the counter-bores for the side rails, and cut the notches to fit the posts. then when the Boss decides of a flavour to make the entire mess. I can pre-finish some of the parts, and then assemble the entire mess….
Stay tuned…( may do the night stand table, while I am waiting…?)

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 05-25-2018 05:24 PM

Lookin’ Good!

Been my luck I would have cut the dining room table in half.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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