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Blog series by ttocsmi updated 01-25-2016 02:55 PM 5 parts 4609 reads 5 comments total

Part 1: Prologue

12-11-2015 06:36 PM by ttocsmi | 0 comments »

Welcome to the first blog entry for my Double Single Bed project. If you didn’t pick up on the subtleness, I’ll be making two single bed frames. One for each of the kids in the house, as surprise Christmas presents. The spark for the project was an innocent comment from my wife, “The Jet table saw you wanted is on sale, Black Friday. I’ll split the cost with you.” Ten days later it arrived. The winter’s been mild too, so what better time of ...

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Part 2: Big Pieces Into Small Pieces

12-16-2015 04:01 PM by ttocsmi | 0 comments »

Well, the SE Michigan weather continues to be more balmy than frozen, so work on the bed frames continues. I’m out of propane now, too. This week I received the bed bolts from Horton Brass ($4.50 each) & placed an order for the box spring fasteners / bed irons ($2.25) and bed bolt covers ($1.85) from Baltimore Hardware. I rough cut, jointed, & thickness planed the pieces for the posts, 2 x long and 2 x short for each bed, from 8/4 red oak. For the first 12 inches, rippin...

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Part 3: The Propane Powered Air Filter

01-15-2016 08:31 PM by ttocsmi | 3 comments »

As expected, winter’s balmy beginning has passed and lower temperatures have returned, requiring use of the mini-torpedo propane heater in the garage/wood shop. When I have time, the work pattern is: window cracked, heater full blast, heater off when warm, work until chilly again, open garage door, work a bit more, then come inside for fresh air/drinks/food. I’ve been thinking about overhead air filtration units lately, now that the door’s been closed more often than ...

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Part 4: Deep Mortises

01-22-2016 03:57 PM by ttocsmi | 2 comments »

Here’s an outline drawing I did for one of the headboards. The post caps, curved top rail, & varying stile widths help break up the straight lines from my original design. Thanks to my wife and a few other LJ’ers for the ideas. (I’m definitely not a right-brainer.) The stiles fit into mortises on the top & bottom rails. I didn’t foresee any problems at the time. Do you? I cut the top and bottom headboard rails to size, cut the bottom rail tenon...

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Part 5: Bed Bolts & Final Assembly

01-25-2016 02:55 PM by ttocsmi | 0 comments »

With the dry-fit of the headboards complete, it was time to drill holes for the bed bolts. (Sorry, no pictures. I’m sure you can imagine what holes look like.) The 3/8 inch holes through the posts were done earlier on the drill press (see part #3). Two were off-center by about 1/16 inch, but the rest were spot-on. To bore into the rails, I set up the mini-jig below for each joint. The rail is held in place using some scrap 4×4 and clamps. The shoulders are flush with t...

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